The Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR) helps Quakers in Britain in their work with other religious faiths, spiritual and human values groups in pursuit of common goals. It does this by reflecting on Quaker insights and values, and by helping Friends enter imaginatively into the life and witness of other faith groups to create bonds of friendship and mutual understanding.

The committee considers issues and opportunities which may arise from Britain Yearly Meeting's involvement in ecumenical or interfaith work. It also works together with individuals, meetings, other churches and faith groups on ecumenical and interfaith issues.

QCCIR explained

    Resource

    A Spirit-led Church

    Quakers respond to a World Council of Churches text on the nature of the church

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    For this is the true ground of love and unity, not that such a man walks and does just as I do, but because I feel the same Spirit and life in him...

    - Quaker faith & practice 27.13

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    About QCCIR

    QCCIR reports to Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees, and keeps up a regular dialogue with Meeting for Sufferings. It meets three times a year and consists of 15 members appointed by Meeting for Sufferings, which includes members nominated by General Meeting for Scotland, Meeting of Friends in Wales and Ireland Yearly Meeting. It also has ex-officio members from Friends World Committee for Consultation.

    QCCIR undertakes the following, it:

    Forthcoming events

    Interfaith and Ecumenical events that may be of interest are listed below.

    • From March onwards Friends may like to join in the prayers and follow the progress of the Queen's Baton Prayer Relay – World Prayer Centre as it makes its way to Birmingham. The Queen's Baton left London on Thursday 7 October 2021, and is travelling 269 days around the Commonwealth Nations and Territories arriving in Birmingham on Thursday 28 July 2022.
      Central England Quakers are members of Birmingham churches together which is preparing for the commonwealth games.
    • Prayers: Everyone is invited to virtually join the Focolare Centre Prayers for Unity on Monday evenings from 6-6.30pm.
    • Interfaith Week, November 2022
      Many Friends and meetings get involved in Interfaith Week, held every year in November. Details can be found on the Interfaith Week website.

    Get involved

    There are lots of faith opportunities for you or your meeting to engage with:

    • Become involved with your local Churches Together or other interchurch groups in your area.
    • Make contact with local faith communities or interfaith groups.
    • Contact QCCIR for advice on how to become more involved locally or for a workshop at your local meeting on interchurch or interfaith concerns.

    Find out more

    • Explore our resources for Quakers engaged in Christian and Interfaith relations.
    • Invite a committee member to visit your meeting to talk about your interfaith or inter-church work (see bottom of page for contact details).
    • PDF versions of the CIRcular newsletter, about ecumenical and interfaith work, are available (up to 2019 when last issue published).


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    Contact us

    Judith Baker
    Ecumenical & Interfaith Officer
    judithb@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1072