The recent challenges of C21st have brought religion sharply back into public awareness. This has led to a plethora of new-style inter-faith initiatives and ideas. Scriptural Reasoning is one of these initiatives. According to the Scriptural Reasoning Website, ‘SR is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. It is not about seeking agreement but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries and learning to ‘disagree better’.

SR does not require any special knowledge; anyone can participate in SR. However, it works best when there are people from each tradition who are passionate about reading their scriptures, and really believe those scriptures are significant for their lives. But no one needs to have a religious education or an academic background to participate in it. The outcome is often a deeper understanding of others’ as well as one’s own scriptures, in addition to the development of strong bonds across faith communities.

Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, the Imam of Bath Mosque, is pleased to announce the launch of the Mosque’s series of Scriptural Reasoning workshops. This series is aimed to cover miscellaneous topics, ranging from science and faith to ethical and social questions that are of concern today. If you would like to reserve or inquire for more information about the workshops, email Dr Gamal at: imambathmosque@gmail.com