Boundaries not barriers
1 / 22

Alternative spirituality and new religious movements (nrms) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Updated On :

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

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Alternative spirituality and new religious movements (nrms)' - victoria

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Boundaries not barriers l.jpg

Boundaries not barriers

Alternative spirituality and new religious movements (nrms)

National policies l.jpg
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 l.jpg
Christianity and other faiths

  • Engagement

  • Advocacy

  • Dialogue

  • Exchange

  • Diplomacy

  • Sharing

  • Debate

  • Friendship, hospitality, mutuality, faith-sharing

Nrm portfolios l.jpg
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 l.jpg
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 l.jpg
NRM policy

  • We have NOformal engagement with NRMs, why?

  • 3000+ groups

  • want formal access

  • change fast

  • not accountable

  • difficult to monitor

What then l.jpg
What then?

We encourage informal contacts with NRMs

  • Knowing neighbours

  • Getting info

  • Removing suspicion

  • Supporting families

  • Open door

  • Appropriate engagement

The good stuff14 l.jpg
The Good Stuff

In addition to free calendars…

  • Many peaceful and friendly

  • Good, helpful contacts

  • Enable pastoral care

  • Mutual boundaries

The bad stuff l.jpg
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 l.jpg
The Bad stuff

  • Unnacceptable behaviour

  • Harm

  • Exploitation

  • Hostility

  • Two-faced

  • Contrary to the gospel

Boundaries not barriers 1 people l.jpg
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 l.jpg
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 l.jpg
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

Policy l.jpg

  • No formal engagement, only informal contacts

  • No access, advocacy,

  • Listen, encourage, support informal engagement

  • Use INFORM for information

  • No suppression of groups

Resources l.jpg

  • Sense Making Faith

We provide l.jpg
We provide

  • Information

  • Guidance

  • Pastoral care

  • Negotiation

  • Support

  • Access to specialist

    ministries (eg deliverance)