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INTERFAITH NEWSLETTER EASTER 2018

Welcome to the Interfaith Newsletter which will be published in future at Easter, Pentecost, September, Advent/Christmas and Lent in order to inform and celebrate interfaith relations and events in the Diocese and beyond.

Interfaith as a branch of the Diocesan Commission for Dialogue and unity works towards realising that part of the Church’s Mission which is to enter into dialogue with those of other faiths in order to promote peace, justice and goodwill within our communities. Pope Francis has emphasised this mission often during his Pontificate and at the beginning of the Year of Mercy wrote of the importance of fostering

encounters with Judaism, Islam and “other noble religious traditions…so that we might know and understand one another better..eliminate every form of close-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.”(Misericordiae Vultus para 23).

In later newsletters we will explore the way in which the Church’s approach to relations with other faiths has evolved, especially since the Second Vatican Council and the document Nostra Aetate and offer suggestions as to how, as individuals and parishes we might enter into a greater understanding of other faiths whilst sharing ours through dialogue and example.

There will also be short articles on other faiths particularly their feasts and practices which should in turn inform and help understanding.

Forthcoming events, courses and conferences will be included in the newsletters as well as advertised on the Interfaith Webpage

www.cliftondiocese.com/interfaith.

Passover

This year Easter coincides with the Jewish Passover which commences on the evening of Friday 30th

March and continues until the evening of Saturday 7th  April and we wish our many Jewish friends a Happy and Blessed Passover.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

16TH April 2018 The Avon Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews

AGM and Talk…further details as to venue, time and topic to be announced later.

21st April 2018 09.30-16.00 Ammerdown.

Exploring Christianity and Islam together through Sacred

Scripture. A workshop on Scriptural Reasoning facilitated by Dr Hilary Marlow and Ms Nadiya Takolia. For details: info@ammerdown.org

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Should you wish to discuss any Interfaith matter or have an event to publicise please contact the Interfaith Officer: Carlotta Kramskoy on 07881780457;

email carlotta.kramskoy@cliftondiocese.com

Wishing you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter.