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Spirit of Peace is pleased to be a founding partner of the Oxford Three Faiths Encounter team which
presents residential and online events, bringing together Jewish, Christian and Muslim
participants for learning, encounter, and action.
On the left is one of our discussion sessions with participants of diverse ages and traditions.
Please see below for details of our annual residential events. You will find details of our online events in the Events section of this website.
The Oxford Three Faiths Encounter took place as a hybrid event. This seemed nearly miraculous as it was at a time when Omicron was spreading fast. Even two weeks before the event we were unsure it would go ahead. A few people were unable to attend in person due to the virus but as it was also being hosted online they were able to take part in that way.
The speaker line-up was amazing and impactful. Online and in-person attendance options were available. As you can imagine, this was quite a challenge to get in place during Covid and during the holidays when some of the college technical staff were not available. This was the first time our team had run a hybrid event and there were definitely some teething problems!
Feedback includes the following:
"Lovely welcome from the team and the other participants. Everyone was so warm and friendly.... the quality of the catering throughout was top notch...I was very impressed by the quality of the speakers and their topics... the learning experience was even greater than expected...The atmosphere was excellent, added immeasurably to the overall experience...A great sense of collaboration, the urgency of getting from theology to action, and our adequacy to the task...This was epitomised for me by the presentation by the three "next generation" speakers. What younger people all over and regardless of background are doing for the environment is exceptional and inspiring....Finally: The atmosphere was excellent, added immeasurably to the overall experience....The Oxford Three Faiths Conference has been the highlight of my year so far."
"A line up of top scientists and religious leaders led the thought provoking sessions, inviting questioning, participation and discussion to enhance personal engagement in the issues. I was impressed by the fact that given the faith context of the conference, issues of religious belief never undermined the integrity of scientific research."
Further feedback showed that people gained:
A sense of appreciation of the traditions and wisdom of each faith and delight at experiencing as ‘brother/sister’ what the world so easily perceives as ‘other’.
A renewed sense of awe at the magnificence of nature, and treasured awareness of being brought into intentional closeness with it.
An acknowledgement of the need for ongoing engagement as community (faith or otherwise) and for mentoring to make meaningful change in our behaviours for life on earth to be sustainable.
Also appreciated was: "The interweaving of the different faiths so supportively and the respecting of the offering of each". In fact, many of the participants mentioned in particular the respectful and warm atmosphere created in the event, and this is due both to the participants and the years of experience of the team.
We are keen to keep moving things forward in relation to climate change action and a follow up Zoom meeting has already taken place with participants and speakers. We are planning to make content from the conference available online to reach a wider audience.
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We are very excited to be holding this event for the first time in Oxford. A similar programme has successfully run for 22 years at The Ammerdown Centre, near Bath, and many of the original leaders are still involved. The focus is on an increased understanding and friendship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All who wish to learn more about the beliefs and practices of these three faiths are welcome.
Students will be very welcome. We hope to be able to subsidize student places, so we encourage students to apply for a reduced rate. It will also be possible to come for part of the week, but in order to build the community we encourage everyone to try to participate for the whole time.
The programme venue is St John’s College, and over the weekend of 13-15 April we will be linking into the regular worship at the Central Mosque, the Jewish Centre, and the University Church.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require further information. Click here for email.
– Heather-Jane (on behalf of Oxford Three Faiths Week Team)
‘It was blindingly obvious that the faith we each practised reflected our cultural background and what we were taught as kids. The historical gross cruelty inflicted by one religious’ group on another, the present swirling political eddies of Islama-phobia, anti-Semitism or vilification of Christianity seemed increasingly nonsensical as understanding leading to mutual regard grew between the participants during the week….’ 2019 Oxford Three Faiths Encounter Participant.
A subtle shift of perspective gradually evolved during the week as the followers of these three great Faiths explored coming together socially and academically maintaining separate identities but nurturing love, respect and understanding between communities’ 2019 Oxford Three Faiths Encounter Participant