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Lambeth summit on Islam

05 June 2008

by Ed Beavan

THE Archbishop of Canterbury convened an ecumenical gathering of church representatives this week to examine ways of strengthening Christian-Muslim engagement. For the consultation, held at Church House in Westminster, Christians from Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Malaysia joined scholars from institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary in America and the Christian Study Centre in Pakistan, to discuss their current experience of Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Delegates heard of the wide variety of dialogue initiatives currently taking place around the world. Dr Williams agreed to take forward a response to the “Common Word” document that was signed by 138 Muslim leaders last year. Speaking after the gathering, he said: “As well as deepening our shared understanding of the challenge before us, it has, I think, renewed for us all the significance of the Church’s work in this area of co-operation with other faiths for the sake of peace in our common home.”

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