Mosques & Churches: twinning programme expands to new cities
- Created on Sunday, 05 June 2016
"I always had it in mind to get in touch, but there were always too many unknowns and I never did it."
"I thank God for our friendship and hope that it will continue to grow and develop and continue to lead us into exciting projects together."
"It should be a more normal thing that our institutions have got links."
"Knowing where to start is the problem."
Our successful church-mosque twinning programme is expanding. Mentioned by Archbishop Justin at his Lambeth Palace reception recently, we are working with the Near Neighbours Programme to roll it out.
Siriol Davies, who is working with churches and Islamic centres who wish to make contact, says,
"At neighbourhood level, each area is quite unique - only people based in the area will really understand the issues and challenges of that particular area. This means that similar concerns may well be facing both mosque and church congregations. The model that has emerged is one based on enjoying and discovering 'colleagueship'."
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Co-Chair of the Forum says,
"The stories in this booklet show how important it is to form local relationships between Muslim and Christian individuals and organisations. Trust and friendship lead to human flourishing and the common good."
The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Dr Toby Howarth, Trustee of the Forum, says,
"In a context of heightened global tension, this twinning programme bringing together churches and mosques demonstrates how positive local relationships can be. This is an inspiring initiative, which I hope can be taken up increasingly in other parts of the country."