photo: visit by members of the Committee for Interfaith Relations to Reading Gurdwara 2019
The Diocesan Interfaith Adviser and Chair of the Committee for Interfaith Relations is currently the Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon of Oxford, who took over this role in May 2020.
The Oxford Diocesan Committee for Interfaith Relations (ODCIR) was set up by the Diocese with the following aims in mind:
- To support, resource and enable individuals, churches and clergy in ‘Presence & Engagement’ parishes. These parishes have at least 10% of their population from non-Christian religions.
- To keep members of the Diocese aware of other faith communities, and to enable and encourage constructive engagement with them;
- To be a forum in which Interfaith concerns, as they affect the Diocese, can be explored.
The committee held an ‘away day’ in 2018 to explore its Vision and Strategy and how interfaith relations can be more Christlike through being Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous. Slides from this away day can be found here
The following Area Interfaith Advisors should be your first contact point for any interfaith related issues or questions:
Revd Phil Ritchie for the Oxford Archdeaconry firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd Sue Burchell for the Dorchester Archdeaconry email@example.com
Revd Hugh Ellis for the Buckingham Archdeaconry (South – to include Slough and High Wycombe) firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd Dr Paul Smith for the Buckingham Archdeaconry (North to include Milton Keynes and Aylesbury) email@example.com
Revd Sally Lynch mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for the Berkshire Archdeaconry
Response to the Sri Lankan Easter Day bombings
On Sunday 28th April 2019 a service of remembrance and prayer was held at Christ the Cornerstone in Milton Keynes for the victims of the Sri Lanka Easter Day bombings. It was organised by Rev Dr Sam Muthuveloe, (himself originally from Sri Lanka and both a GP and an Anglican priest). Representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu and Moslem communities spoke, as well as a local leading journalist, Sally Murrer. Revd Dr Paul Smith led the intercession. Christian hymns were sung, a Christian message given by Dr Sam and the Newport Pagnell singers gave a rendition of “You’ll never walk alone”. The church was packed with well wishers and those who may have been personally affected by the bombings: many attended from the MK Sri Lankan community.
Interfaith Week 2018
Several events were held across the Diocese to celebrate Interfaith week in November 2018 including a Friendship walk in Banbury, please see details here and an Interfaith Songs of Praise in Milton Keynes, see details here
- Simple Guide to Interfaith Relations
- Interfaith prayers from i-church
- Presence and Engagement
- Report on DIFA conference 2018
- Report on the Hakimah Programme at the Tantur Institute Jerusalem – a course looking at the wisdom of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women attended by Revd Sally Lynch in January 2019