21 June 2010
Don't airbrush the differences
One of Wales' leading Christian organizations has cautiously welcomed a consultation process between the Church in Wales, the Muslim Council of Wales and a number of other Welsh bodies.
This ongoing process was celebrated at special dinner at Cardiff's City Hall on 16 June.
Finding a Common Voice was launched in November 2007 and 10 events have taken place, facilitating dialogue on a range of faith and social issues. These include the role of women; stereotypes; tackling prejudice in schools; citizenship; community cohesion and environmental challenges.
Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales, said: "We applaud the aims of this process in seeking to promote social justice. However, we are concerned that Christian distinctives may be air brushed out in a rush towards tolerance.
"I believe it is possible for different religious persuasions to take action for the good of Wales, but not at the expense of pretending that there are no substantial differences between the faiths."
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Notes to Editors
Evangelical Alliance Wales was started in 1990 and is a part of the UK Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance, both established in 1846 – the latter of which today has a global membership of 380 million. Evangelical Alliance Wales represents Christians and churches from within over 20 denominations in Wales to the government and media. The Evangelical Alliance Wales has a Media Voice Team that can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
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