Inter faith

by James Fawcett October 1, 2014 A

I stumbled upon this document the other day, outlining the Christian and Muslim Forum’s  Ethical guidelines.

The guidelines are as follows:

1) We bear witness to, and proclaim our faith not only through words but through our attitudes, actions and lifestyles.
2) We cannot convert people, only God can do that. In our language and methods we should
recognise that people’s choice of faith is primarily a matter between themselves and God.
3) Sharing our faith should never be coercive; this is especially important when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Everyone should have the choice to accept or reject the message we proclaim and we will accept people’s choices without resentment.
4) Whilst we might care for people in need or who are facing personal crises, we should never
manipulate these situations in order to gain a convert.

5) An invitation to convert should never be linked with financial, material or other inducements. It
should be a decision of the heart and mind alone.

6) We will speak of our faith without demeaning or ridiculing the faiths of others.

7) We will speak clearly and honestly about our faith, even when that is uncomfortable or
controversial.

8) We will be honest about our motivations for activities and we will inform people when events will
include the sharing of faith.

9) Whilst recognising that either community will naturally rejoice with and support those who have chosen to join them, we will be sensitive to the loss that others may feel.

10) Whilst we may feel hurt when someone we know and love chooses to leave our faith, we will
respect their decision and will not force them to stay or harass them afterwards.

It raised some questions for me about how this would work in a youth club setting with a variety of different young people and if Christian youth workers could hold these boundaries. The link also has some helpful links.

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