Understanding Islam courses in 2019

The one-day “Islam: the Basics” course will be offered in Kingston, London on Friday 22nd February.

The three-day UI course is available in SW London from 9 to 11 March.

The annual Kingston follow-up day  will take place but at a location and date yet to be decided.

Various UI study days will be held in the Sheffield area from 15 to 20 February and 14 to 27 June.

For more information on all the above, please contact [email protected]

Exploring a Christian incarnational approach

Many Christian people have told me that they know in their hearts that people of other faiths and those who profess no faith live godly lives and that their relationship with the one and only God is manifest in their lives. There is almost a sense of guilt: “But how can I believe that as a Christian? How can I make sense of what I know to be true whilst being faithful to my Christian belief?”  One way to work with this question is contained in ‘Exploring a Christian incarnational approach to the human condition in the context of a theology of followers of other faiths and none’.

Approaching Christian-Muslim Education

As two faith communities before the one and only God, this should affect the way in which our faith education is done.  How do we seek to hear God speaking to us through the faith and practice of the other?  How does such study of the other faith provoke a reflection on my own?  By thus ‘Approaching Christian-Muslim Education’, it should become both a theological and spiritual deepening of my own faith as well as an exploration of the other.

A paradigm shift in understanding Christianity and Islam

Both Christianity and Islam operate within certain conceptual models or paradigms.  All too often, when someone from one faith seeks to understand the other, they try to make that faith fit their own paradigm instead of entering into the paradigm of the other, which is the only way for there to be real understanding.  This emphasises ‘The importance of a paradigm shift in understanding Christianity and Islam’.

Training for dialogue with Islam

The Catholic Bishops of Germany have a national information, resource and training centre for dialogue with Islam and Muslims, called CIBEDO, in Frankfurt.  I was invited to lead a seminar there in October 2014 to explore “The training of Christian workers for dialogue with Islam.”  The paper was presented in German and will be published by CIBEDO in their quarterly.  The English original can be downloaded by clicking on the link.