We are the Presence and Engagement hub for Diocese of Leeds, the Church in West Yorkshire & the Dales, helping Christians to interact with confidence and hospitality as they meet people of different faiths . Presence and Engagement is a national Church of England initiative, open to all denominations, supporting churches in their Ministry and Mission in a world of many faiths.
Our Strapline : CHURCHES SHARING ACROSS FAITHS focuses our work on supporting Churches as they meet people of different faiths. We share the same neighbourhoods; we share many common concerns about social and economic matters; we share some beliefs, values and creeds, but we also differ on some key matters of theology and doctrine. We encourage open dialogue in safe spaces, enabling people to speak honestly, including some difficult subjects, learning to disagree well in a way that respects individual positions. So we have three objectives :
Inspiring Engagement - encouraging more Christians to get involved
Facilitating Safe Spaces - helping people to discuss difficult issues
Transforming Communities - through prayer and practical action
Establishing Local Hubs call us to get involved in your area
For Every Church relevant for all churches - we all live in a world of different faiths
For Every Christian don't leave to experts or specialists - we all have a role to play
Whether you need to make the first initial steps towards neighbours of different faiths, or you need help to think through our Christian attitudes to Islam - we are here to help. Faithful Neighbours is supported and funded by the Diocese of Leeds, the Church of England in West Yorkshire & the Dales We are establishing local hubs to guide our work across the region, and would love to hear from any Christians who want to get involved. We work closely with local faith forums across West Yorkshire, but don't want to duplicate their work, so we would also love to hear from people of different faiths and put you in touch with your local faith forum. For Every Church faithful neighbours is relevant for all church contexts, not just those urban parishes where different places of worship are flourishing. So we include the traditional rural parishes in our work as well as inner city parishes with economically disadvantaged estates. We cover communities that have both ethnic and religious difference, together with neighbourhoods that have seen little or no immigration as well as those with different phases from Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe. Wherever we live, most of us now work or learn alongside people from different faith traditions. All of us are influenced by 24/7 media coverage and our opinions are affected by frequent references to different faith traditions. faithful neighbours is for all Christians to engage with - helping us to interact with confidence and hospitality in meeting people of different faiths. And our name reminds us that Jesus used the story of the Good Samaritan - someone from a different faith tradition - to demonstrate the principle of loving our neighbours.