Contents divided into three sections: An Anglican Basis for Inter-Faith Encounters -- Guidelines for Interfaith Dialogue -- Selected Bibliography.
"The Lambeth Conference of 1978 requested all members of the Anglican Communion to consider their position on the Christian relationship with people of other faiths. .... In 1983 the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada requested its Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations Committee `to present to the 1986 General Synod a paper on a Christian theological basis for an Anglican response to other faiths'. The following statement and guidelines have been drafted to serve as a common basis for our thinking on this topic". -- p. 1.
"These guidelines are offered to Canadian Anglicans as they seek to reach out to their neighbours of other faiths. Our approach has two separate, but inter-related, aspects: dialogue, which includes growing in our knowledge of each other and a mutual sharing of spiritual insights; and common action which would involve joint efforts to deal with issues related to life together in society, but might also include activities of a devotional nature". -- p. 14.
"Six men were killed and 19 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the mosque as they prayed shortly before 8 p.m. January 29, 2017. Alexandre Bissonette, a university student, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in relation to the attack. The January 29 shooting was commemorated through different events January 26-29 , said Bruce Myers, bishop of the diocese of Quebec". "Quebec City Anglicans have also been helping support victims of the attack. In the immediate aftermath, the diocese, Myers says, contributed to a widows' and orphans' fund set up to support family members of the victims. More recently, Anglicans have lent their support to Aymen Derbali, a member of the mosque who was shot seven times while reportedly drawing the shooter's attention to himself in an attempt to save others". "Myers said the cathedral parish has designated its Christmas Eve offering to the fund -- according to Facebook post by cathedra; Dean Christian Schreiner, this totalled almost $900 -- and a fundraising concert is being organized in the cathedral". "The diocese has been reaching out to Quebec's Muslim community since the shooting in a variety of ways, Myers said, hosting this fall, for example, a gathering of Muslim and Anglican families in the cathedral, with similar events planned for the near future".
"The program will be jointly organized by Christians and Muslims, and will provide a community kitchen, English as a Second Language classes, and job skills to the local community, which is disadvantaged and includes refugee and immigrant families". [Text of entire article.]
"This program is composed of three Anglican-Muslim community conversations about transgression, penitence, and transformation. The goal is to address the need for understanding, awareness, and education among Muslims and Christians in an atmosphere of respectful dialogue, especially where there has been intolerance, injustice, and violent behaviour". [Text of entire article.]
Announcing the 2015 RFP [Request for Proposal] Recipients of $10,000 Each, Theme: Interfaith Collaboration: Williams Lake Interfaith Circle: St. Peter's Anglican Church, Williams Lake, BC: Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
"The Circle will develop inclusive, compassionate collaboration and conversations of understanding with Christian, Buddhist, First Nations, and Sikh communities in and around Williams Lake. This project is based on the 2009 Charter for Compassion, a document urging people and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion. The Charter has inspired a global movement for compassion". [Text of entire article.]
Also printed in inset on page : "WE believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world. WE believe that a compassionate world where every man, woman, and child treats others as they wish to be treated -- with dignity, equity and respect. (From The Charter for Compassion)".
"'What do we who are not Muslims really know about what Muslims believe ?' This was the question that inspired the Rev. Natasha Brubaker Garrison to invite Imam Syed Soharwardy to participate in an Imam-in-Residence program at St. Martin's Anglican Church in Calgary, where she serves as rector. Soharwardy, who follows the Sufi tradition of Islam, chairs the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly and is the founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada". "(In 2011, there were 25,920 Muslims living in Calgary, representing 2.6 per cent of the population.)" "But the dialogue has gone both ways, and Soharwardy says that his community has also learned much through the experience. 'There are many Muslim people who have never been in their entire life inside a church. They have never had the opportunity to see what a church looks like from the inside'."
The House received information that Archbishop Appleton will be able to be present at our January-February, 1978, meeting.
"That we request the Primate to write Archbishop Appleton to be present at our January-February 1978 meeting so that he might share his experience with us and possibly contribute to the devotional aspect of the meeting." CARRIED
Moved by: Archbishop Watton
Seconded by: Bishop Goodman
"That the Primate invite members of the Dialogue Group as guests during Archbishop Appleton's presentation on Dialogue with Other Faiths". CARRIED
For about three years, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, the founding and current rabbi of City Shul, a Reform Jewish synagogue, and Canon Gary van der Meer, incumbent of St. Anne's Anglican Church and interfaith officer for the diocese of Toronto, have been doing a preaching exchange between their Toronto congregations. "In early 2013, van der Meer met Ilyas Ally, the son of Shabir Ally -- imam at the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International, a nearby mosque, and former host of 'Let the Quran Speak', a Toronto-produced television show on Islam -- and the two discovered they shared an interest in interfaith relationships" (p. 13). "The strong links that already existed among the three places of worship ... have made it possible for them to quickly lend support to one another in the aftermath of violent attacks. After the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on Sunday Jan. 29, 2017 ... St. Anne's and City Shul organized a 'ring of peace' around their friend's mosque" (p. 13). "Tragically, Dawah Centre congregants had the opportunity to send a similar message to City Shul this fall , after a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn., October 27 , killing 11 and injuring seven" (p. 13).
That the Council of General Synod recognize the importance of the following work currently in progress under the auspices of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and find ways to continue this work, subject to available financial resources and Council’s priorities:
1. V2019: Being leaders in the Anglican Communion and in ecumenical actions
- Anglican Communion relations and connections – to work within Faith, Worship and Ministry mandate in areas of ministry, theological education, doctrine, liturgy, and ethics. Participate in International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, monitor the work of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order.
- Ecumenical Relations – Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission, Anglican Roman Catholic dialogue, Anglican Church of Canada-United Church of Canada dialogue, Canadian Council of Churches, World Council of Churches: monitoring, responding, appointing.
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod forward the following motion to the General Synod 2019:
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
1) express its gratitude for, and accepts the gift of, A Common Word Between Us and You, offer by Muslim leaders via the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan;
2) that the Anglican Church of Canada join other signatories to A Common Word Between Us and You via the signature of our Primate; and
3) that the Anglican Church of Canada, under the direction of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, and in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, jointly initiate a program of ecumenical Christian-Muslim engagement in receptive communities across Canada, based on the model of the A Common Word initiative in its various local expressions.
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