Inter Faith Engagement
We live and work in a multi-faith world. The Baptist Calling is primarily to make Jesus known, but we also have a deep-rooted value of the freedom of belief. To this end we seek to build good and meaningful relationships with people of other faiths and none, that together we may live in harmony and enrich one another.
The biggest challenge for many Baptist Churches is living in a multi-faith community. We are seeking to:
help churches to know how to encounter people of other faiths with respect
encourage them to enjoy authentic dialogue
encourage real engagement and journeying together
This will celebrate that which we have in common whilst recognising the distinctives of Christ which are unique to the Christian faith, and the salvation offered only through Christ, and enable us to witness with integrity and respect.
Though our work we seek to create an environment that supports local churches in their communities to be able to relate to other faith communities.
Inter Faith Working Group
“For our lord the king is but an earthly king, and he has no authority as a king but in earthly causes. And if the king’s people be obedient and true subjects, obeying all human laws made by the king, our lord the king can require no more. For men’s religion to God is between God and themselves. The king shall not answer for it. Neither may the king be judge between God and man. Let them be heretics, Turks (ie Muslims), Jews, or whatsoever, it appertains not to the earthly power to punish them in the least measure. This is made evident to our lord the king by the scriptures.”
Thomas Helwys - Founder of the first Baptist Church in England