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Archbishop meets Hindu Christian Forum

Friday 13th December 2013

Archbishop Justin thanks the forum for 'building bridges between our communities' and says its work must continue to flourish

Picture: Lambeth Palace 

The Archbishop of Canterbury met with members of the Hindu Christian Forum at Lambeth Palace last Friday.

Archbishop Justin heard about the history of the Forum and its current work, including the innovative ‘Comparing Notes’ dialogue series, and contributions to this year’s Inter Faith Week.

The conversation also covered a number of issues including understandings of conversion, the place of faith in society, and the recent inclusion of caste as a category within equalities legislation.

Archbishop Justin praised the close working relationship between the faith communities. He noted that Christians and Hindus had to work hard to understand each other’s faith perspectives. But he stressed that this work was worthwhile because of the need to build strong community relations, as well as learning between the two faiths.

“I would like to thank you all (members of the HCF) for helping to build bridges between our communities. We must ensure that the important work that you have highlighted continues to flourish,” the Archbishop said.

Picture: Lambeth Palace 

The co-chairs of HCF, the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson and Ramesh Pattni, said: “Archbishop Justin’s affirmation of the HCF and his offer of linking HCF with the strategic staff at Lambeth is most appreciated.

"We are aware of the challenges that this particular dialogue faces, and we are encouraged by this meeting as we continue to develop strong relationships between our two faiths for the good of the whole community.”

During the meeting, Mr Pattni also summarised findings and recommendations from the report ‘Bridges and Barriers to Hindu-Christian Relations', which emphasises the need for developing strong relationships; the challenge of promoting greater religious literacy in relation to both Christianity and Hinduism; and the potential to overcome differences and the ascription of ‘otherness’ to one another.

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