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The IFCG is affiliated to The Inter Faith Network for the UK and endorses its code of conduct (Building Good Relations with People of Different Faiths and Beliefs: Short guidelines for inter religious encounter and dialogue – see below). The IFCG has also developed the following code of conduct for its own meetings.
Agreed by the IFCG Executive Committee, May 2013 and amended in July 2017
The following brief and practical code of conduct should be followed at any meeting or event held under the auspices of the IFCG.
The IFCG executive committee reserves the right, in exceptional circumstances, to refuse or terminate membership if there is evidence that this would be likely to put at risk the safety of others.
In Britain today, people of many different faiths and beliefs live side by side. The opportunity lies before us to work together to build a society rooted in the values we treasure. But this society can only be built on a sure foundation of mutual respect, openness and trust. This means finding ways to live our lives of faith with integrity, and allowing others to do so too. Our different religious traditions offer us many resources for this and teach us the importance of good relationships characterised by honesty, compassion and generosity of spirit. The Inter Faith Network offers the following code of conduct for encouraging and strengthening these relationships.
As members of the human family, we should show each other respect and courtesy. In our dealings with people of other faiths and beliefs this means exercising good will and:
When we talk about matters of faith with one another, we need to do so with sensitivity, honesty and straightforwardness. This means:
All of us want others to understand and respect our views. Some people will also want to persuade others to join their faith. In a multi faith society where this is permitted, the attempt should always be characterised by self-restraint and a concern for the other’s freedom and dignity. This means:
Living and working together is not always easy. Religion harnesses deep emotions which can sometimes take destructive forms. Where this happens, we must draw on our faith to bring about reconciliation and understanding. The truest fruits of religion are healing and positive. We have a great deal to learn from one another which can enrich us without undermining our own identities. Together, listening and responding with openness and respect, we can move forward to work in ways that acknowledge genuine differences but build on shared hopes and values.
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