Dio­cese of Guild­ford

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The Bishop of Guild­ford has shared a plat­form with Baroness Warsi to dis­cuss chal­lenges of so­cial in­te­gra­tion whilst re­tain­ing iden­ti­ties of faith and cul­ture. The Rt Rev An­drew Watson spoke along­side the Se­nior Min­is­ter of State for For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Af­fairs in front of an au­di­ence of guests from Chris­tian, Mus­lim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Baha’i faiths in the HG Wells Cen­tre in Wok­ing.

Ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence of 200, Bishop An­drew spoke of the need to feel con­fi­dent in one’s own faith. He ex­pressed con­cerns that Chris­tians were afraid to ex­press their be­liefs in case of of­fend­ing oth­ers, a trait that other re­li­gions some­times viewed as ap­a­thetic.

Offering a ‘roots down, walls down’ model for pos­i­tive di­a­logue with those of other faiths and cul­tures, Bishop An­drew said he wanted to “af­firm open­ness, learn­ing, and ad­ven­ture from the ba­sis of strong roots in one’s own faith.” He said that this type of en­gage­ment can make one stronger and less de­fen­sive in one’s own faith tra­di­tion.

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