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Section V.36 - On Relations with People of Other Faiths

Resolution V.36

On Relations with People of Other Faiths

This Conference:

  1. having heard about situations in different parts of the world where relations between people of different faiths vary from co-operation to conflict, believes that the approach of Christians to people of other faiths needs to be marked by:
    1. commitment to working towards genuinely open and loving human relationships, even in situations where co-existence seems impossible;
    2. co-operation in addressing human concerns and working for justice, peace and reconciliation for the whole human community;
    3. frank and honest exploration of both the common ground and the differences between the faiths;
    4. prayerful and urgent action with all involved in tension and conflict, to understand their situation, so that everything possible may be done to tackle the causes of conflict;
    5. a desire both to listen to people of all faiths and to express our own deepest Christian beliefs, leaving the final outcome of our life and witness in the hands of God.
    6. sharing and witnessing to all we know of the good news of Christ as our debt of love to all people whatever their religious affiliation.
  2. recognises that by virtue of their engagement with people of other faiths in situations all over the world, Anglican Christians are in a special position to explore and develop genuinely Christian responses to these faiths;
  3. also recognises that the Network for Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON) has been established by the ACC at the request of the last Lambeth Conference as a way for sharing news, information, ideas and resources relating to these concerns between provinces of the Anglican Communion;
  4. recommends:
    1. that NIFCON be charged to monitor Muslim-Christian relations and report regularly to the Primates Meeting and the ACC;
    2. that the ACC consider how to resource NIFCON adequately both in personnel and finance;
    3. that all the other official Anglican networks should be encouraged to recognise the inter-faith dimensions to their work.

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