Interfaith Engagement and Mission
The Diocese of St Albans is a diverse diocese. It includes a significant number of parishes where other faith communities comprise more than ten percent of the population. Broadly speaking, there are large Jewish communities in south Hertfordshire and Barnet, and large Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities along the diocesan spine of Watford, Hitchin, St Albans, Luton and Bedford.
As a diocese we are committed to engaging with and partnering with members of other faith communities for the common good, pursuing mission in a global world.
To support parishes and clergy, we have made the following arrangements:
- In each archdeaconry we plan to have two Interfaith Archdeaconry Advisers, those in post are shown (second Advisers will be added once in post). The primary role of the Adviser is to be a source of advice to encourage networking among those who minister in multi-faith areas and others. The Archdeaconry Advisers are:
- In addition, the diocese has entered a partnership with Grassroots’ Director, David Jonathan. Grassroots is based in Luton and has a 25 year record of interfaith engagement – Grassroots is supporting interfaith work in the diocese by:
- Being a source of expert advice
- Supporting the Interfaith Archdeaconry Advisers in their role
- Organising occasional diocesan-wide training events
- Providing a strategic overview to the ongoing need and work