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An exploding Taiwan experience by Yann Lovelock

Fireworks shoot up from the eight pagodas lining the main avenue of the Buddha Memorial Center. When they burst in a myriad white sparks, the full moon is almost lost behind their light. It is a fortnight after the start … Continue reading

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Reflection on Christians Aware Conference 11 – 13 January 2013 by Ramona Kauth

At the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire:   Peace, Justice and Reconciliation I was invited by Barbara Butler to participate in the conference as a seminar leader to talk about His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet. This was to address … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict and Catholic inter-religious relations in Birmingham by William Ozanne

Catholics in Birmingham has been loyal members of the Birmingham Council of Faiths, as Patron (Archbishops) sometimes as Executive members but mostly as ordinary members. This would not have happened without the changes that John XXIII , Paul VI and … Continue reading

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The Pope’s resignation by William Ozanne

This does have some precedents, though the reason for Benedict’s resignation is clear in view of his declining physical health and mental stamina. The duty he owed to the Church and the world could not be carried out with these … Continue reading

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Of Hinduism and Interfaith Dialogue by Ravi Ladva

For those that do not know of Swami Vivekananda he was a Hindu monk. He was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness, … Continue reading

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A Buddhist Christmas by Yann Lovelock

I spent Christmas day celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the Buddha Memorial Centre out in the sunshine, here at Fo Guang Shan monastery in Taiwan. A feature of these open-air ceremonies is a procession of monks and … Continue reading

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About BCF

Originally founded in 1974, Birmingham Council of Faiths’ objective is to promote knowledge and mutual understanding of the beliefs and practices of the city’s many religious faiths, sects and denominations. Its belief is that through greater understanding of each other, … Continue reading

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