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Interfaith conference to take place at Blackburn Cathedral
8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE first major interfaith event between Christians and Muslims since the appointment of Bishop Julian Henderson takes place at Blackburn Cathedral next month.
There will be an all-day debate on Monday, November 18 on ‘Jesus and Muhamed: is their message still relevant?’.
It includes keynote lectures from former Blackburn Cathedral Canon and architect of its policy of reaching out to Lancashire’s Muslim population Chris Chivers and Dr Musharraf Hussain, chief executive and Imam of the Karima Institute in Nottingham.
Part of ‘Interfaith Week 2013’, it follows Bishop Julian, consecrated at York Minster last week, pledging to continue the work with Islam and other local faiths started by his predecessors.
Cathedral dialogue development officer Anjum Anwar said: “This is the first interfaith event since Bishop Julian’s consecration and is a clear sign of his determination to continue the process of working with Islam and others faiths.
“Blackburn Cathedral provides space for all its communities and the forthcoming conference will enhance our knowledge about the two men who play such a pivotal role in our lives.
“This will be an exciting conference which will bring together people from diverse communities to explore the messages integral to the faiths of Christianity and Islam.
“Both figures have had a significant impact on the lives of many individuals and communities across the world through their ethical, spiritual and religious teachings.”
The conference will tackle difficult issues including: women in Churches and Mosques; youth; bankers and politicians; the environment; and interfaith dialogue.
Bishop Julian said: “I strongly support the work our diocese does to work with and increase understanding with other faiths in Lancashire including Islam. I want it to continue.”
Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen and former chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques Salim Mulla said after attending the York Minster service: “I want all Lancashire’s Muslims to work with the new Bishop to increase mutual understanding.”
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