The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, has highlighted the importance of building good relationships with other faith groups in his address at Diocesan Synod.
Interfaith engagement was one of the main items on the agenda.
The Synod was addressed by Christian and Muslim members of the ‘Faithful Friends’ – a group which seeks to build friendships and trust between people of different faiths in Forest Gate.
In his address, Bishop Stephen said:
“We need determination to be good neighbours with those of other faith traditions; to build friendship; to make common cause over issues of peace and justice and respect for minority views; and at the same time to speak openly of Jesus Christ, for we believe that faith in him is the key to peace and wellbeing.”
Diocesan Synod passed a motion calling parishes to reach out in friendship, neighbourliness and witness to people of all faith traditions.
The Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday 15 March 2019 at All Saints Church, West Ham.
The Synod is the regional assembly of Chelmsford Diocese - the Church of England in Essex and East London.
The Synod heard items about interfaith engagement, the 2020 Budget and an update from Revd Benedict Atkins about a Church plant at St Matthias, Canning Town.