Inter-Faith Relations

Crawley is an important centre for interfaith work, probably second only to Brighton within the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. There are several flourishing Muslim communities, a Sikh community and a Hindu community.


The Crawley Interfaith Network (CIFN) was officially inaugurated in 2005. CIFN exists to promote mutual respect and understanding among the various communities in Crawley Borough.

For more information about CIFN click on the image.

CIFN Programme of ‘Zoom’ Events December 2020- February 2021



Serving a wounded world in interreligious solidarity: a Christian call to reflection and action during Covid-19 and beyond.  

How do we as Catholics, as Christians, respond to the call to serve a wounded world? Join our Dialogue and Unity Advisor and special guest Katharina Smith-Muller, Interreligious Adviser to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, for a special Zoom event on Saturday 28th November 11am-1.30pm. Reflect, pray and explore the call put forward in a new document from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches. Invite your friends from other churches – everyone is welcome. You can register for this free event by emailing our Dialogue and Unity Adviser here.

This event has been arranged in collaboration with the Diocesan Youth Service, Dialogue and Unity Commission and The Journey to 2030


Recommended reading:

Nostra AetateDeclaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions proclaimed  by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28th, 1965



Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering respect and mutual understanding between the religions; an encouragement to inter-religious dialogue (CTS, 2010). A teaching document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales its purpose is to encourage members of the Catholic community to look upon dialogue as an essential part of their Christian witness in Britain today (paper copies are available in the Abbey Bookshop or click on the link above). For a commentary on Meeting God in Friend and Stranger click here





Reflections on Catholic-Jewish Relations on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate (CTS, 2016). Looks back with gratitude at all that has been achieved over the past five decades in the Catholic-Jewish relationship. It also explores some of the theological questions that have arisen in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people since Vatican II. For an introductory summary of the document click here