The second Oxford Three Faiths encounter was held at St John’s College 1-7th April this year. Spirit of Peace collaborated with several other partners to facilitate this event. The theme this year was ‘Relating Across Divides’, looking at the different varieties and strands of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Differences within each faith can often be as sharp as differences between the three faiths. We also covered topics such as the conflict in Israel Palestine, mixed faith relationships and the rise of populism. The week afforded the opportunity to share in the worship of the three faiths which was a very rich experience.
As well as the important learning about each faith, it was clear from participants feedback that meeting together with people of other faiths and sharing deeply in a safe place was invaluable and nourishing. Various initiatives have been stimulated by the week which will foster greater community cohesion in different parts of the UK and we hope to report on these in the future. The planning team is now considering how to further the impact of these weeks in the coming years. If you would like to register interest in future Three Faiths events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.