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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Rowan Williams statement on Christian-Muslim seminar
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 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in his capacity as Convenor of the 2nd Building Bridges Christian-Muslim Seminar has issued a communiqué. The text follows: The second Building Bridges seminar, drawing together Muslim and Christian scholars, has been meeting at Doha from 7-9 April 2003, at the invitation of His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar. Meeting here, we could hardly be unaware of the conflict currently blighting the region and we share some strong anxieties about aspects of the war and its impact on people, communities and institutions. Our work here involved examining the use and understanding of scripture in Muslim and Christian thought. We were sent back to our own and to each others' sacred texts to deepen our understanding. Muslims confess their belief in the God who "brings the living out of the dead and He brings the dead out of the living" (Qur'an, Sura 30 v 19-30). Christians strive to live "in the presence of the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist" (Romans 4:17). Without compromising our respective convictions, we found it possible to listen to how each tradition of faith understood this fundamental vision of the creator's presence and action. The seminar is part of a continuing process of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. It is the very strong conviction of those involved in this dialogue at a time of international tension, when both faith communities are sometimes criticised and caricatured and when disagreements are presented in dramatic and exaggerated ways, it is all the more important to give time and energy to sustained efforts towards better understanding of the spiritual and intellectual heart of each tradition. We hope that our work here will contribute to the drawing together of our traditions in a commitment to work together for a just and reconciled world. +Rowan Cantuar
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