For many, the idea of interfaith engagement is one to be treated with scepticism. Whilst there is fierce discussion around interfaith issues at a scholarly level, this fails to make an impact on the practice of the church. And yet, an increasing number of those training for church leadership will find themselves in churches which are at the heart of diverse, and often divided, communities.
Hospitality, Service, Proclamation seeks to demystify the interfaith project. Written for ordinands and those preparing to minister in neighbourhoods where interfaith and intercultural dialogue are essential, Tom Wilson argues that rather than a threat to churches, interfaith dialogue is an important tool for discipleship.
1. Why engage in interfaith relations?
2. Who engages in interfaith relations?
3. What does the Bible say?
4. When and where does interfaith engagement take place?
5. How can interfaith engagement take place?
6. Not just good, but Christian
Appendix: Engaging with particular faith communities
"... a reliable guide to mapping the Christian engagement with people of other faiths. He reminds us that this engagement is not the preserve of the specialist but the stuff of everyday life and in keeping with the heart of the Christian faith. This is the kind of book I wish had been put in my hands when I was in my 20s." -- Richard Sudworth, National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England.
“…The call to deeper discipleship through deeper engagement with people who don’t recognise Jesus as Lord is profound and much needed in today’s church. I will certainly be recommending this book...” -- Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester
“An unembarrassed rationale for why committed Christians, and those of any convinced faith, can – and indeed should – engage in inter-faith relationships…Tom Wilson provides positive encouragements from the Bible for such an approach, along with a great range of personal stories and practical tips on how to organise and engage in inter-faith events.” -- Richard McCallum, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford