Crawley InterFaith Network


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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



Diwali, 30th October 2016

Diwali   Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is also celebrated for different reasons by the Jain, Sikh and Buddhist communities. The festival celebrates the victory of light and life over death. We pray for Hindus, and for all of us, that we may be a source of light in a world full of darkness. Read the message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue "Christians and Hindus: Promoting Hope Amongst Families"      



Faiths in Sussex Summer Conference, 4th June 2016


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Rev Dr Maria Curtis, Catherine Andrews and Carol Chambers, Horsham Interfaith

    Rajendra Patel, Hindu speaker  

Father Paul writes: On Saturday, 4th June, Worth Abbey hosted a summer conference for Faiths In Sussex. Members of Interfaith Networks from around the county attended - Crawley, Horsham Brighton and Worthing. The refreshments were provided by the Sisters of Worthing Mosque, and the conference was chaired by Carol Chambers, Chair of the Horsham Interfaith Forum. The theme of the conference was Happiness. Steve Innes, Secretary of the Crawley Interfaith Network, gave a Christian perspective; Rajendra Patel, from the Yoga Charity Centre in Southall, giving a HIndu perspective, spoke about laughter as therapy; Dan Warburton, from Action for Happiness, Brighton, gave a secular perspective, which put emphasis on setting people free from fear; and Iyadh Daoud, Chair of the Crawley Interfaith Network, spoke about the Muslim Sufi tradition, showing how knowledge of God is the secret to happiness. (Christian listeners would be struck here by the similarity especially with St John's Gospel, and Jesus' sayings about the knowledge of God - Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (17: 3)

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Imam Hafiz Habib Qureshi, CIFN

    Jacqueline Workman, CIFN and Dan Warburton, Secular speaker  



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 (available in the Abbey Bookshop)


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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