Inter Faith Week 2017 12th to 19 November
Faith leaders’ statement at the inauguration of Inter Faith Week
We believe that good inter faith relations are a vital part of a harmonious, just and respectful society. We pledge, today, to deepen our work to increase understanding about and between our faiths and to strengthen our cooperation on social issues. We renew our commitment to developing effective and long term ways of dialogue and mutual learning. We shall continue to seek to understand the patterns of engagement of our faith communities – through history and today; to affirm the positive aspects of these patterns; and to heal wounds of misunderstanding where these are found. While our great religious traditions are distinct in belief and practice, there is much that unites us. We will draw on fundamental values held in common and on the wisdom of our respective faith traditions to continue to work – as individual communities and together – for the wellbeing of our society, our wider global community and the planet that is our home. Alongside all of good will, we will work to tackle with renewed determination the challenges of poverty, ignorance, injustice, crime and violence, and social fragmentation and to help shape a society where all feel at home; all are valued and justly treated; and all have a chance to thrive.
A Prayer for Inter-Faith Week
We pray today for a just, respectful and tolerant community and a greater understanding of the meaning of faith to all.
We pray for greater co-operation between peoples of different faiths and belief on all issues and that there will be healing for the wounds of misunderstanding between ourselves and others.
We pray for all involved in Inter-faith working, that they will draw on the values that are held in common and use the wisdom that comes from their respective faith traditions to improve the wellbeing of our society, our world and our environment.
Help us to work together to face the challenges of poverty, ignorance, injustice, crime, violence and social fragmentation.
Father, you sent your son Jesus to us and He taught us to love our neighbour as ourselves. We pray for courage and strength to help us to understand each other better. Amen