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Julian Bond, Director of the Christian Muslim Forum since its launch in 2006. He has engaged with the Muslim community around the country while also encouraging Christians to meet with Muslims, both through the Forum and as a member of the Methodist Church. He has been the driving force behind the Forum's leaders training programme, originally 'Imams and Ministers'.

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The Sermon in the Park

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 3:27 AM

What if Jesus turned up today and delivered his material in London instead of Jerusalem? What if he came and preached in Regent's Park, what would he say to us today?

This is one of the time-travelling extracts from my book 'Jumbled up in Jerusalem' (currently in progress). It wrestles...

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Jesus Christ the Humanist

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 12:39 PM

"Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." (Jesus Christ)

Jesus wasn't about religion, in fact he reserved his anger for organised religion and challenged, ignored or subverted religious practices. He didn't teach the non-religious about religion, or expect them to become 'religious'. If anyone has...

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Tax Advice From Jesus Christ?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 2:06 AM

'Next, they wheeled out a mixed group of the ultra-religious and politicians to trick Jesus with his own words. They said to him, slyly, 'Rabbi, you always speak honestly and you're not bothered about other people's opinions. You're not swayed by status but share God's guidelines. Is it kosher to...

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Not Good Enough Friday

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 3:26 PM

The Passion narratives in the Gospels are very familiar at this time of year, read in church and featuring in the Passion oratorios of JS Bach. A key figure, apart from Jesus of course, is Pontius Pilate. We know him, if we still remember the accounts, as the man who...

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Much Ado About Muslims

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:12 PM

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Muslims have been in the news a lot lately, in fact for a minority community they receive a lot of coverage. We have heard the Prime Minister bemoaning the lack of English-speaking amongst some Muslim mothers, saying that this can be...

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A Christian Ramadan Retreat

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 10:40 AM

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What does it means for a Christian to go on retreat (i'tikaf) in a mosque during Ramadan? This is my journey.

On the day I got up as usual, it was still dark, and made breakfast. I prayed the Lord's Prayer - 'give...

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Should We Evangelise? Reflections, and Tips, From the World of Inter-Faith

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 4:08 AM

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I want to begin by quoting Jesus, 'You have heard it said, but I say ...', words of much meaning in my faith but seldom used in our internal reflections. So:

Isn't it strange that we so often raise the question of 'mission'...

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From Evangelical to Inter-Faith

(23) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I come from a non-religious family. I was struck at junior school by the impact of prayers and hymn-singing, I used to think that God was speaking in the low rumble of everyone's voices combining together in the Lord's Prayer. At senior school I was befriended by two Christians, they...

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'When Jesus Met Muhammad ...'

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 10:13 AM

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A shortened version of a speech delivered at 'Jesus and Muhammad, Reflections or Distortions', 16 June 2014

How do we put in practice what our founders taught- if we did inter faith would come naturally and be an integral part of our own...

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A Tale of Three Quarters

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:56 AM

We have just had a great week doing what is closest to our heart, bringing Christians and Muslims together. Conscious, as ever, of the outlook which says 'Christians and Muslims, no big deal', we brought people together in different quarters of London. Actually if we add another day to our...

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Keep Calm, We're British!

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:40 AM

The press, and public, is too hung up about the number of Muslims in the UK.

I couldn't resist the trite title. Fretting about 'Britishness' seems to be at heart of what it means to be British. It has a familiar feel to it in our media, and not just...

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Making Finance Fair

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 1:40 AM

How can faith communities do more to inject a sense of fairness in the financial system?

The saying goes 'don't mention religion or politics'. We can add money to that quotation, the British being notoriously reticent to tell each other what they earn. So it was something of a...

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Changing Perceptions of Christian-Muslim Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:48 AM

As greater numbers of couples intermarry between faiths (and between ethnicities), what can Christians and Muslims do to ease tensions when 'two faiths meet'?

On 26 November 2012 at Westminster Abbey the Christian Muslim Forum launched groundbreaking guidelines on Christian-Muslim marriage. With a fine sense of timing, our...

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Ten Things We Ought to Be Saying About the Niqab

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:13 AM

1. This is a free country

Unless people are committing a crime or outraging public decency they can wear what they like. Other than that, no-one should be telling people what to wear. Difficulties arise when there are no precise rulings or new situations arise. Legal action is sometimes necessary...

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Slaughter of the Innocents

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:48 AM

As we reach another anniversary of 9/11 we remember the innocent victims. For the friends and families of those who lost their lives this will be another day of pain and loss as they recall the tragic event which happened 12 years ago. Since then others have sought to wreak...

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Christians and Eid

(25) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:30 AM

It's been a joyful and exciting Ramadan. I've attended two (Big!) iftars and turned down invitations to lots more. I was also filmed on a very hot morning for a Channel 4 'Ramadan Reflection' which aired this week. So Ramadan has been very much on my...

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An 'Unholy War' Against Muslims?

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 3:11 AM

One of the terrible features of our world is how globalisation can bring the worst of international conflict to our doorsteps. Lee Rigby, a British soldier wearing a 'Help for Heroes' shirt, was murdered by a man who claimed to be acting in retaliation for attacks on women and children...

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Life and Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 3:07 AM

An edited version of an unscripted speech at 'One Brent' on 31 May, commemorating Lee Rigby and sharing in solidarity with his family.

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The first thing I want to mention is death. When we hear of tragedies and murders our first response should be to mourn. There is a...

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Why Did We Create the #StGeorge4All Initiative?

(12) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM

In this blog I'll explain the thinking behind the new 'St George 4 All' statement, signed by multiple faith groups to "reclaim" England's national saint.

An article in the Daily Telegraph for St George's Day last year had the headline: 'St George's flag is a racist symbol says...

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Mosque-Busters and Mega-Masjids

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:06 PM

It's difficult having an image problem, most of us would admit that Islam currently has an image problem, though that is to do with perceptions of Islam.

Those reflecting on Muslims in England have compared their recent situation to that of Irish Catholics in the 19th and early...

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