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Boundaries not barriers. Alternative spirituality and new religious movements (nrms). The Church of England and other faiths. National Policies. Inter faith policy and new religions/new spirituality policy are different at NATIONAL level in the Church of England

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national policies
National Policies

Inter faith policy and new religions/new spirituality policy are different at NATIONAL level in the Church of England

We have formal relationships with other members of the ‘nine’:

Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism,

Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Baha'i

christianity and other faiths
Christianity and other faiths
  • Engagement
  • Advocacy
  • Dialogue
  • Exchange
  • Diplomacy
  • Sharing
  • Debate
  • Friendship, hospitality, mutuality, faith-sharing
nrm portfolios
NRM portfolios

The NRM umbrella covers everything else

  • De facto New Religious Groups
  • Personal Development Movements
  • Pagan traditions
  • Alternative spiritualities
  • Alternative spiritual practice
  • Atheistic belief and morality systems
  • Extreme political groups
  • Organisations offering NRM services and ceremonies
inter faith basis of engagement
Inter faith: basis of engagement
  • Historic
  • Leadership
  • Conformity
  • Common elements
  • Deeply rewarding, but often difficult
  • Some NRMs show some of these elements, some have none of them
nrm policy
NRM policy
  • We have NOformal engagement with NRMs, why?
  • 3000+ groups
  • want formal access
  • change fast
  • not accountable
  • difficult to monitor
what then
What then?

We encourage informal contacts with NRMs

  • Knowing neighbours
  • Getting info
  • Removing suspicion
  • Supporting families
  • Open door
  • Appropriate engagement
the good stuff14
The Good Stuff

In addition to free calendars…

  • Many peaceful and friendly
  • Good, helpful contacts
  • Enable pastoral care
  • Mutual boundaries
the bad stuff
The Bad Stuff
  • Church of Celestial Light
  • Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Church of the Holy Blood of the Lamb
  • Holy Spirit Church of Love and Fellowship
the bad stuff16
The Bad stuff
  • Unnacceptable behaviour
  • Harm
  • Exploitation
  • Hostility
  • Two-faced
  • Contrary to the gospel
boundaries not barriers 1 people
Boundaries not Barriers 1people

What do boundaries do?

  • Protect from harm
  • Protect from exploitation
  • Protect the vulnerable
  • Help leavers
boundaries not barriers 2 christian faith
Boundaries not Barriers 2Christian faith

What do the boundaries do?

  • distinctiveness, integrity and authenticity
  • avoid compatibility issues
  • insist on Christian values
  • set apart from racist and supremacist groups
the network
The network
  • Every diocese should have an NRM/AS adviser for pastoral support
  • INFORM provides information
  • INFORM provides access to counselling, legal advice etc
  • AR provides specialist advice eg ecclesiastical law
  • No formal engagement, only informal contacts
  • No access, advocacy,
  • Listen, encourage, support informal engagement
  • Use INFORM for information
  • No suppression of groups
  • Sense Making Faith

we provide
We provide
  • Information
  • Guidance
  • Pastoral care
  • Negotiation
  • Support
  • Access to specialist

ministries (eg deliverance)