Queen’s Foundation: successful postgraduate course

July 4th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that our popular PG Certificate in Interfaith Engagement is running again from September 2013. This postgraduate certificate will develop your understanding and skills of Inter Faith Engagement. It provides a flexible accessible and affordable way of critically exploring the implications for Christian ministry in our multi–faith world.

“Challenging and thought provoking” Fiona, Anglican Priest and Inter Faith Advisor;

“A great course that introduced me to new ways of thinking and practices for engagement” – Jessica, Inter Faith Community Worker

“Invaluable for my work with young Muslims and Christians” – Anna, Youth Worker

”A brilliant course that helped me build deeper relationships in my Multifaith community” – Andrew, University Chaplain

The course is made up of two modules over two terms, the first is Theology in Dialogue and the second is Christian Practice in Multi Faith Contexts. Each module lasts a term and is run in two sets of two-day teaching blocks. In one year you would take two 30-credit modules that mix theological enquiry with practical engagement.

Dates for 2013-14: 10-11th October, 5-6th December, 16-17th January and 13-14th March

The programme is taught in partnership with the Faithful Neighbours Centre in Birmingham and is validated by Newman University College.

For informal conversation call Ray Gaston: 0121 452 2623 or email r.gaston@queens.ac.uk

For application details contact Jenny Maher: 0121 452 2628 or email j.maher@queens.ac.uk

A Generous Orthodoxy:

Inter Faith Community Worker Jessica Foster on her experience as a participant on the course:

Why did you do the course?

Working in an inter-faith context I had questions that I think many Christians have about salvation, about church, about mission and about dialogue. I didn’t so much want to know about different faiths but more what were Christian theologians and inter-faith practitioners saying and thinking in relation to our multi-faith context.

What were the best things about it?

There were lots of good things about it. It was a small group and participation was really encouraged. The tutors presented and held different theologies and perspectives and we were introduced to a broad range of practical approaches. In the end, the best thing about it for me was the opportunity to study and read, following my own interests but guided by the tutors. So the bit I most enjoyed, and this is proper nerdy, was getting to think about Rowan Williams’ understanding of the Church’s role in interfaith relations.

What is the main thing you have learnt from it?

I am not sure that there was one main thing. But I found it helpful to think about the theological stream in which we are swimming. I heard ideas that really helped me articulate my own half-formed ideas and I was presented with ways of doing interfaith engagement that challenged and inspired me. It was great to hear voices of theologians and practitioners from a really broad spectrum and realise that orthodoxy can be very generous.

Who would you recommend it for?

This is a course aimed specifically at Christians and I think is best for people in some kind of active ministry or in relationship with people from different faiths. I found the teaching days did not disrupt my working life too much and I wasn’t overloaded by the academic study required. If you are the sort of person who is both challenged and inspired by ministering in a multi-faith context you will get a lot out of this course.

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