From Edinburgh to Georgetown: Anglican Interfaith Bridge-Building
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In 1910 Anglicans participated in the Edinburgh Missionary
conference at which the issue of the relation of Christianity to other faiths
was raised in a new and serious way. A century later, the ninth of the
Christian–Muslim Building Bridges seminar series, begun in 2002 by the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey, took place at Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C.
In between these two events there lies a century of Anglican engagement in
interfaith activities which, after a slow beginning, gathered forceful momentum
during the latter part of the twentieth century and produced some distinctive
Anglican perspectives and contributions, especially in the first decade of the twenty-first
century. This essay highlights key markers and phases in the overall process,
and attempts to discern the Anglican voice in interfaith engagement, especially
in regard to theological dimensions and concerns.