As part of the Diocesan Commission for Dialogue and Unity we are working towards realising the Church’s mission to enter into dialogue with those of other faiths in order to promote peace, justice and goodwill within our communities and beyond. In such a diverse Diocese as ours, covering urban and rural areas in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as Bristol, there is much to do in raising awareness among Catholics of the importance of this Mission; in some places, mainly, of course, the urban areas of our Diocese, there is already awareness, cooperation and dialogue at varying levels, but the  aim is eventually to extend this to the more rural parts of the Diocese.  It is hoped that a programme to achieve this will be outlined and put in place shortly.

Interfaith Officer: Carlotta Kramskoy
c/o  St Ambrose
North Road
Leigh Woods
Bristol BS8 3PW
Mobile: 07881 780457


Bishop Declan visits Mosque in Bristol

On Friday 25th November, Bishop Declan visited the Jamai Mosque in Totterdown, Bristol, after being invited by Zaheer Shabir.

As the pictures below show, he met many of the Muslims in the Mosque and said afterwards that he was ‘privileged and honoured to be there’.

Bishop Declan Visit To The Jamai Mosque In Totterdown

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There was an Interfaith Event held in the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday 6th November, to mark the approaching close of the Year of Mercy and anticipate National Interfaith Week (12-19th November).

This great opportunity to celebrate God’s mercy and as Pope Francis says ‘to open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better…’(Misericordiae Vultus para; 23). …was supported by participants from the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, Ethiopian and Eastern Christian Orthodox communities in an atmosphere of warmth and fellowship.


Fr Peter Slocombe reports on Cheltenham’s National Interfaith Week Celebration

Almost 100 people attended the annual celebration at the Cheltenham Park Campus University of Gloucestershire inNovember. It was a joint venture once again between Cheltenham Interfaith, Cheltenham Borough Council and the University Chaplaincy. The theme was “Soul Talk” and the format was different from previous years enabling all present to sit around tables and to engage in Soul Talk—conversation about spiritual matters following questions provided by the guest speaker, Justine Huxley. She is a member of the St.Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. This Centre created in a church that had been devastated by an IRA bomb is dedicated in interreligious understanding and harmony.

The following faiths were represented at the Celebration—

Jewish, Baha’i, Christian (Anglican, Protestant, Quaker and Catholic) Buddhist, and Muslim. Present also were representatives of the University, Gloucestershire Association for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Borough Council and the Police.

The evening began with a multi cultural buffet and the different faith groups brought dishes. A welcome was brought from the Vice Chancellor and the Mayor of Cheltenham spoke. Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of the County summed up the evening at the end.

It was a great evening with many good conversations of the soul, sharing experiences of where something had touched the soul as people of different faiths sat together and often moved to mix up on other tables.

This year’s event was inspiring and challenging as we explored the sacred in different faith traditions.

On the previous Sunday BBC Radio Gloucestershire dedicated time to pre-recorded interviews from the University Interfaith weekly lunch and so well prepared the way.

Peter Slocombe


HAVE YOU READ? POPE FRANCIS : Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel: Apostolic Exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world (CTS. 2013) POPE FRANCIS’ dialogue with Rabbi Abraham Skorka – ‘On Heaven and Earth’ (ISBN 978-1-4729-0381-5) – published by Bloomsbury – and From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on the Church’s teaching with regard interfaith matters: Interfaith Dialogue: the teaching of the Catholic Church (2002) Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: Fostering respect and mutual understanding between the religions. (2010)

Members of the Interfaith Support Group:

Fr. Peter Slocombe ; Fr. Richard McKay;
Fr. Patrick Eastman; Fr.Thomas Dubois;
Professor Gavin D’Costa, Marie Hackett


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