Methodists are creating a snapshot of inter-faith Britain and Ireland

By staff writers
February 9, 2007

Against a backdrop of public questioning about how a beneficially plural society can be sustained, the British Methodist Church is inviting people of all ages and faith backgrounds to take part in the Face 2 Faith photo competition, capturing images that communicate something powerful about positive inter-faith relations.

Face 2 Faith is the Methodist Church’s month of prayer for inter-faith relations, which runs throughout February 2007. Churches are taking part in three ways: by praying for better relations between people of different faiths and life stances in Britain and the world, by doing something to encourage inter faith understanding in their community and by entering the photo competition.

Sponsored by Methodist Insurance, the competition will be judged on how well an image expresses how people of different faiths in these islands can live and work together peacefully.

Anyone in Britain and Ireland can enter, with young people especially encouraged to take part. Up to four pictures can be submitted. Digital, print and camera phone images are being accepted.

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Methodist Secretary for Inter-Faith Relations, said: “We recognise that there are plenty of talented photographers out there - even if they don’t know it yet. Photographs can really capture a moment or a feeling much better than we can express it in words.”

She added: “The month of prayer will draw to a close later this month but we hope that increased understanding and commitment to working with people of other faiths will grow from that and continue into the future. A powerful image can communicate something that lasts much longer and stays in our thoughts - this is what we’re looking for.”

The competition will run until 31 May 2007 and entries will be displayed on the Face 2 Faith website.

All the competition details can be found on the web, or requested by post from: Inter-Faith Office, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.

The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches in Britain, with nearly 300,000 members and regular contact with over 800,000 people. It has about 5,800 congregations, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches totalling a worldwide membership of 70 million

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