Anglican Clergy and Interfaith Forum dialogue with Hastings and Bexhill Imams and Mosque members

Interfaith Forum dialogue

Canon Dr Andrew Wingate, the Anglican Diocese of Chichester Interfaith Adviser, has spoken to meetings of the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum (HDIFF) on two occasions recently and undertook to encourage local Anglican clergy to participate more in interfaith relations. With the help of the Forum he approached Hastings and Bexhill Mosques to ask them to host a meeting for dialogue with Anglican clergy and members of the Interfaith Forum.

On October 5th Hastings Mosque were delighted to host around twenty visitors, including the Bishop of Horsham, three retired Anglican Bishops, several local clergy, lay people and Forum members. After some very cordial dialogue with Imam Ismail and a dozen or so mosque members the visitors observed midday prayers and were treated to a delicious Biryani lunch during which there was further lively conversation and a gift of English translations of the Qur’an.

Interfaith Forum dialogue

Clergy and Interfaith participants then drove to St Mark’s Church Hall in Little Common where they were welcomed by the Rector, Rev’d Jonathan Frais, and further discussion on interfaith relations were led by Canon Andrew Wingate.

Interfaith Forum dialogue

A smaller group went on to visit the fledgling Bexhill Islamic Centre in Clifford Road and were welcomed by Imam Magdi Osman, Mohamed Khan, Secretary/Trustee of the Bexhill Islamic Association and his wife, who provided yet more homemade delicacies. The visitors were able to discuss more intimately and admire the beautiful décor of the nearly completed Islamic Community Centre.

All agreed that this dialogue should be expanded and developed into the future for the benefit of good community relations and mutual understanding between faiths.

Attendees included:
Canon Dr Andrew Wingate, Interfaith Adviser, Diocese of Chichester;
Imam Ismail Yusuf, Hastings Mosque
Rt Rev’d Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham
Cllr Nigel Sinden, Deputy Mayor of Hastings
Mohamed and Zaitoon Khan, Secretary of Bexhill Islamic Association and his wife
Imam Magdi Osman, Bexhill Mosque (at Bexhill meeting)
Dr Tariq Rajbee
Faisal Nazmulhoque and other
Rt Rev’d Nicholas Reade, Bishop of Blackburn (ret’d)
Rt Rev’d Laurie Green, Bishop of Bradwell (ret’d)
Rt Rev’d Dr Bill Musk, Area Bishop for North Africa (ret’d)
Rev. Malcolm Atchison, Rector of Storrington (ret’d)
Fr David Reynish, Rector of St Peter’s Church, Bexhill
Fr Clement Anaedevha, PhD, St Mary Magdalene’s RC Parish in Bexhill
Rev’d Nicholas Fincham
Rosemary Fincham , Women’s Interfaith Network
Tim Miller, Chair of HDIFF
Gillian Meyer (Chair of the local Council of Christians and Jews)
Béla Ogonovsky, Churches Together in Bexhill (CTIB) representative on HDIFF
Liz Coleman, HDIFF Events Co-ordinator
Michael Harris, HDIFF
Gaby Adkins, HDIFF

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