Inter-religious encounters

Archbishop and Chief Rabbi with students at Durham University North News
The Archbishop has spoken on a number of occasions on the need to have a more radical and a more participatory approach to enable us to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Our inter-religious encounters must be performative and transformational.  The Archbishop's lecture at the launch of 'Interfaith in the 21st Century: New Paradigms in Jewish-Christian Relations' entitled on 'Why inter-religious relations matters - a Christian perspective'  explores the growing interconnectedness in society alongside the paradox of growing religious ignorance.  It also looks closely at the need to work together to find solutions to the intractable challenges of difference.

Delivering the inaugural Rabbi Lionel Blue memorial lecture in 2017, the Archbishop said: "In spite of the dangers of unfettered online communication, the interconnectedness of our world gives us wonderful opportunities to develop inter-religious relationships and understanding. We rely on each other, in ways we only glimpsed in earlier times, and hence the case for learning how to live as near neighbours is stronger than ever. Besides, the Abrahamic faith knows no separation of the sacred from the secular. All of life is Religious. Sadly, we are seeing a worrying rise in those suffering religious persecution: Christians in Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, and you will know that recent surveys have revealed that Jewish people across Europe and the UK have reported increasing anti-Semitism.  We need to find a new attitude, a new readiness to approach one another as human beings."

On Good Friday in 2014, the Archbishop offered a personal meditation upon the crucifixion of Christ through the sounds, stories and situations as he walked around the historic city of York broadcast by BBC Radio 4.  The programme explored the story of Clifford's Tower which, in 1190, was the scene of one of the medieval period's most notorious pogroms in the UK when 150 Jews were massacred.

Archbishop standing outside York Mosque and Islamic Centre alongside members

In 2017, the Archbishop visited the York Mosque and Islamic Centre, to meet with the Imam and members of the community.  Archbishop Sentamu said: “ In the Old Testament the Prophet Micah challenges his listeners to ‘ live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God’. We each have a responsibility to foster better community relations and improve our sense of what it means to be a good neighbour”.