The Torbay Interfaith Forum exists to bring together people who are interested in learning more about the belief and practices of different Faiths. The Forum aims to foster greater understanding and friendship between people from different Faith groups, and to encourage among the general public a greater appreciation of the rich diversity of belief and practices within our own society and beyond.

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 'The Golden Rule' is found in the scriptures of nearly every religion. It is often regarded as the most concise and general principle which lies at the heart of human behaviour.

The key concepts which it embraces are:

MUTUAL RESPECT : INTER-DEPENDENCE : COMPASSION : HARMONY

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What the 'News of the Word' columnist of the Herald Express (the local newspaper) had to say about us!

Torbay Interfaith Forum

It’s always good to hear of people getting together to find greater understanding and compassion. It is what the Christians Together movement is all about. Another example of people trying to communicate their ideas and beliefs in love and respect is The Torbay Interfaith Forum. This is a small group of people who are interested in learning more about the beliefs and practises of different Faiths. The Forum aims to foster greater understanding and friendship between people from different Faith groups, and to encourage among the general public a greater appreciation of the rich diversity of belief and practice within our own society and beyond. I was invited to their last meeting and received the warmest of welcomes to a stimulating evening when we learned of the history of the Jewish community in Torbay ...... I recommend these gentle, grace-filled meetings to all who are interested in furthering understanding and compassion between people of faith.

Reproduced with permission - Copyright © Herald Express 2001


Torbay InterFaith Forum

Constitution

Title

The name of the organisation shall be "The Torbay Interfaith Forum"

Aims and Objectives

The Torbay Interfaith Forum exists to bring together people who are interested in learning more about the beliefs and practises of different faiths. The Forum aims to foster greater understanding and friendship between people from different Faith groups, and to encourage among the general public a greater appreciation of the rich diversity of belief and practice within our own society and beyond.

In upholding these aims the Forum will also seek to provide information and/or speakers of an educational nature to schools, churches and other organisations as a service to the wider community. Due care will be taken at all times to avoid any form of religious bias or proselytising. The Torbay Interfaith Forum will endeavour to adhere to the principles set out by the National Interfaith Network.

Membership

Membership of the Torbay Interfaith Forum will be unrestricted and open to any church or faith community, or none, on the understanding that the "Aims and Objectives" given above are clearly understood and adhered to.

Organisation

Regular meetings of the Torbay Interfaith Forum will be held presenting an opportunity for representatives of churches and faith groups to discuss relevant issues together. From time to time an informal business meeting of representatives of member churches and faith groups may be called to consult on the programme and to decide on any other matters concerning the proper functioning of the Forum.

Funding

There will be no membership register or subscriptions. Funds will be collected by voluntary contributions at meetings, or from individuals or church or faith groups, and used to defray administrative expenses. (Hire of premises for meetings, refreshments, guest speaker's expenses, secretarial, publicity and other needs.)


Points to Ponder on InterFaith Relations ...

Today, genuine interfaith dialogue can no longer be considered a luxury but it is a necessity in the increasingly troubled world of interfaith relations.

I here should be less emphasis on truth claims, `for the truth of one does not entail the falsity of others.

Unless we take seriously that the other, like us, is made in the image of God, the future looks bleak.

God is a parent with many children, each of whom is loved. God’s love is infinite.

Jonathan Sachs - Chief Rabbi

The future of inter-faith dialogue must lie in honest recognition of difference, as well as in readiness to learn and to have one’s own beliefs and practices challenged.

Prof. John Barton

For proper dialogue to take place there must be a genuine hearing of the other.... Dialogue speaks to the other with a full respect of what the other is and has to say. It begins with the individual.

Edward Kestrel - Centre for the Study of Jewish Christian Relations

The Dalai Lama has drawn up a four-pointed plan to end hostility between world faiths. He said leaders should meet together, visit each other's places of worship, promote love and encourage the rich to find inner peace.

The possibility of a fragmenting society means that religious leaders of all faiths need to be active in ensuring that we build and sustain good relations between our different faith groups. We have recognised that we have a common agenda; we can't always say that we have identical convictions and certainly aren't aiming to iron out the differences and the difficulties of our convictions but this is a world in which no one religious community, no one nation, no one interest group can solve problems alone.

The Archbishop of Canterbury

The separation in the world is increasingly not between faiths and subdivisions of faith but between faith and the lack of it. How to respond to rapid social change while staying faithful to tradition is a challenge for all faiths.

Francis Campbell- Ambassador to the Vatican

To be deeply rooted in one religion whilst being concerned for the entire world seems to be a mark of the truly spiritual person. As the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us, ‘Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.’

Jonathan Marshall

Through dialogue we will be able to identify elements in other religions that we can truthfully share with each other, and values on which we can embark on common action to promote the welfare of all humanity. In all of this, we need to have the clear-sightedness to acknowledge differences that are irreconcilable and not to pretend they do not exist. Honesty and transparency are the central qualities of dialogue and conversations about religion and faith.

Bishop of Plymouth - Christopher Budd

Other religions can enrich us as we can enrich them.

Derek Enright MP

Can those who live differently, live together? Friendship or fratricide: these are the alternativeses which the 21st century has set before religions, and they have rarely been more stark. We must meet at the troubled border between faiths and learn to live together discovering what we have in common and where our differences lie and seeing in both the creations of our shared God.

Jonathan Sachs - Chief Rabbi

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