Crawley InterFaith Network


Watch Pope Francis' prayer intention in January 2016 for interreligious dialogue



Crawley is an important centre for Interfaith work, probably second only to Brighton within the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. There are several flourishing Muslim communities, a Sikh community and a Hindu community.

The Crawley InterFaith Network (CIFN) was officially inaugurated in 2005CIFN exists to promote mutual respect and understanding among the various communities in Crawley Borough.

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CIFN Programme, July - December 2017



The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales produces a newsletter aimed at Catholics and their friends who are interested in interreligious matters. Sign up for the newsletter here


Faiths in Sussex Summer Conference, 1st July 2017: Celebrating: Sacred Poems, Music and Dance


              Sufi Dances of Universal Peace


Tara Balcombe writes:

Having seen the item in In Touch about the interfaith gathering on Saturday, 1st July, I decided to go with a friend. Athough it was a free event we were all treated to a nice buffet lunch and had the opportunity to socialise with interesting people. Following lunch we had a lovely afternoon which included circle dancing to peace songs from different religions, and watching various groups peform songs, dances, music and poems from their own religions and cultures. We saw a large group of Muslim children sing several songs about Allah and peace; three girls from a Christan church danced to a song; a gospel choir sang several lively songs and a group of Indian musicians and singers performed prayer songs. We met interesting people and had some stimulating conversations at tea break. I believe that I was the only Worth Abbey parishioner there apart from Fr Paul (and the only one to witness him dancing to a Zumba piece!!), but I can recommend other parishioners to attend future interfaith events in order to broaden horizons and have an enjoyable time in the process.


PF-Synagogue1       On the 17th January 2016 Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, greeting Rome's Jewish community in their house of worship in a show of interfaith friendship. His visit continued a tradition that began with St John Paul II in 1986 and continued with Benedict XVI in 2010. It also highlighted the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council II document which revolutionised the Catholic-Jewish relationship     



Gavin D'Costa, Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Bristol, is in conversation with Katharina Smith-Mueller, the Interreligious Adviser of the Catholic Bishops Conference on the quality of mercy in Christianity and other religions

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Recommended reading:


Nostra AetateDeclaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions proclaimed  by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28th, 1965 


Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering respect and mutual understanding between the religions; an encouragement to inter-religious dialogue (CTS, 2010). A teaching document of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales its purpose is to encourage members of the Catholic community to look upon dialogue as an essential part of their Christian witness in Britain today (paper copies are available in the Abbey Bookshop or click on the image to read). For a commentary on Meeting God in Friend and Stranger click here


Reflections on Catholic-Jewish Relations on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate (CTS, 2016). Looks back with gratitude at all that has been achieved over the past five decades in the Catholic-Jewish relationship. It also explores some of the theological questions that have arisen in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people since Vatican II. For an introductory summary of the document click here (available in the Abbey Bookshop)


Some useful interfaith links:


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IFN       The Interfaith Network for the UK works to promote understanding, cooperation and good relations between organisations and persons of different faith in the UK     
WIN       WIN is an organisation composed of different women's groups from diverse religions who have come together to engage in meaningful dialogue with other women from all faith communities and are committed to building a more tolerant and inclusive society    
Focolare       The Focolare Movement is an international movement, inspired by the gospel, working for unity in all spheres of life. For over 60 years it has drawn together people of all Christian traditions and from many of the world's religions, alongside people with no formal faith, who share the aim of building a united world    
itfag       The Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group is an advisory group of CTBI. Its purpose is to resource different aspects of ecumenical work, reflecting theologically on issues pertinent to the churches' relationship to people of other faiths    
Catholic-Jewish-Relations-(       The Committee for Catholic/Jewish Relations of the Catholic Bishops' Conference works to build the relationship between the Church and Jewish people. It promotes an understanding of the living faith of Judaism and the Jewish roots of Christianity, encouraging dialogue and reconciliation and working to eradicate anti-semitism wherever it is found     
 Other-Religions-banner-Cath       The Office for Relations with Other Religions of the Catholic Bishops' Conference reminds Catholics that they are called by their Baptism to engage in dialogue with others, and specifically with people of other religions    














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