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Scriptural Reasoning: Building interfaith relations in difficult times

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Iona Community North West regional gathering

What is our response as Christians to a multi-faith society? How well do we know the religions of those in our street and communities? Do we have more in common than we think? Can we use Scriptural Reasoning as a tool for inter-faith engagement? Intrigued and want to know more?

What is Scriptural Reasoning?

Scriptural Reasoning is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. Unlike some forms of inter-faith engagement, it is not about seeking agreement but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to disagree better. The result is often a deeper understanding of others' and ones own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities. Scriptural Reasoning is now practised globally, including in places affected by religion-related tensions and conflict.

Contributors to the day

Michael Wakelin
Michael worked for BBC Religious Broadcasting for 23 years producing programmes on all BBC TV and Radio networks eventually becoming Head of Religion and Ethics in 2006. He is now Director of Programmes for the Coexist Foundation and oversees the collaborative activities of the Cambridge Coexist Partnership. He continues to consult on matters relating to religion and the media and is still involved in broadcasting through his work with TBI Media. Michael studied Theology at Birmingham University.

Bob Day
Will introduce the work of the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) which is Manchester's interfaith and multifaith network for the city. It aims to bring together people of different faiths across the city to speak to issues of regeneration, act as a means of communication between faith groups, be a resource to address issues of common concern, and represent the voice of faith in the life of the city, especially to public bodies. He will also share some of his own inter faith engagements and with others introduce the work of #WeStandTogether.

Programme (draft)

10.00 Arrivals and refreshments

10.30 Welcome and introduction

10.45 Michael Wakelin: Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning

11.00 Scriptural Reasoning: Small groups including interfaith colleagues.

1.00 Lunch (bring and share vegetarian lunch)

1.45 Faith Network 4 Manchester

3.00 Worship

3.30 Finish and depart

Practical arrangements

Cost: The event is free but donations towards cost on the day are more than welcome!

Lunch: Please bring something vegetarian for a bring and share lunch

Further info: Margaret Hart m.hart33@ntlworld.com or Rachel Hockey cockey.hooper@btinternet.com

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