Based within the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, Faithful Neighbours equips churches for confident, welcoming mission and ministry in a multi-faith world.
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 nation and a world of many faiths.
Wherever we live, most of us now work or learn alongside people from different faith traditions; we're all influenced by 24/7 media coverage; and our opinions are affected by frequent references to different faith traditions. Faithful Neighboursis 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.
We share some beliefs, values and creeds with people of different faiths but we also differ on some key matters of theology and doctrine. Faithful Neighbours encourages open dialogue in safe spaces, enabling people to speak honestly, including about some difficult subjects, learning to disagree well in a way that respects individual positions.
We share the same neighbourhoods as people of different faiths and we share many common concerns about social and economic matters. Through the Near Neighbours programme; shared community activities and through prayer we are encouraging communities to work together across differences to see our neighbourhoods transformed.
Whether you need to make the first initial steps towards neighbours of different faiths, or you need help to think through our Christian attitudes towards Islam we are here to help.