The Christian Muslim Forum
- tackles the tough issues which divide our communities
- challenges anti-Muslim and anti-Christian prejudice
- supports local church-mosque twinning and friendship
- stands in solidarity in times of need
Established in 2006 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Christian Muslim Forum brings together Muslims and Christians from a variety of denominations and traditions to work together for the common good.
Christians and Muslims in England
There are significant asymmetries between the Christian (60%) and Muslim (5%) populations in England:
- age profile
- ethnicity and heritage
- longevity of institutional life
- voice in public affairs
- levels of hate crime and discrimination experienced
- treatment by the press
Additionally, there are many differences within Christian and Muslim communities regarding all the above.
Although there is excellent work taking place across the country, the context within which Christian-Muslim engagement takes place – nationally and internationally – is far from ideal and relations have deteriorated in recent years.
Christians and Muslims share concerns regarding freedom of religion & religious expression, the duty to neighbour and stranger, peace building, scholarly engagement and social action.
We also differ, with Christians concerned about extremism and Muslim involvement in ISIS, the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries, newspaper headlines about grooming and the place of women in Muslim society.
Muslims have pressing concerns around security, Islamophobia and hate crime, the far right and discrimination. Media coverage of Islam is also a growing concern.
Both Christians and Muslims would like to see a more developed theology, from within both traditions, of inter faith engagement.