After the first Parliament in 1893 groups began to form to consider the relationships between religions and the need for better communication and cooperation to address common local, national and global concerns. A growing interest and curiosity arose about the ‘other’ and what s/he might think and believe and do. This was linked to new discoveries in theology and science that undermined the certainties of earlier generations. It also led to an increased interaction between cultures and beliefs as people migrated and travel became more affordable.

In 1993 the whole year was dedicated to inter-religious understanding and cooperation and amongst many interfaith events around the world, there was a second Parliament in Chicago to mark the centenary of the first. This special 1993 year and the second Parliament gave rise to several more new developments in the interfaith movement, and today there are a number of local, national and international interfaith organisations addressing a wide variety of issues and concerns.

In March 2001 the International Interfaith Centre convened a meeting in Oxford that was attended by representatives from 14 of the international interfaith organisations. During the meeting agreement was reached to informally network with each other to improve communication and cooperation. Read more about the network

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Study some of these organisations and identify the type of interfaith activity that engages them. Which organisation do you think would be most useful to you in the area of interfaith activity that most interests you? Write the outline of an interfaith activity that you might like to develop in co-operation with this organisation.[/box]