Government minister to address churches' inter-religious network

By staff writers
September 28, 2009

The UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has accepted an invitation from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to speak on inter-faith relations and government policy.

John Denham MP will attend a meeting of the Churches' Inter-Religious Network - the principal ecumenical forum through which the Churches can come together to reflect upon and act together in this area of work.

Representatives of a variety of faiths have also been invited to attend the event.

Mr Denham will address the gathering on the evening of Monday 19 October 2009 at Methodist Church House in London.

The Rev Peter Colwell, CTBI's director of programmes, says of Mr Denham's forthcoming visit: "We are pleased that the Secretary of State has accepted our invitation. The Churches and other faiths have a vital role to play in society; this is especially the case at a time of economic uncertainty and concerns about political and religious extremism."

He added: "The support and partnership of government is of special importance in this."

CTBI is one of a range of inter-church bodies in Britain and Ireland. It has suffered significant cutbacks in recent years, as Church of England and Catholic leaders, representatives of the largest denominations, have prioritised defending, branding and promoting themselves.

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