The distinctive domed round front part of our buildings was designed to host`London Inter Faith Centre` – a Christian hosted place of engagement, study and interaction between people of different faiths, beliefs and ideologies. It is a joint project of both the Church of England and United Reformed Church, both of whom worship within the Church of St Anne and St Andrew.
For the past 20 years, the inter faith work based here related to and was an expression of our Christian ministry of being “true to self and open to others”. That is to say the inter faith work is not a separate and detached specialism but rather is very much related to the rest of our Christian living.
With some sadness, the London Inter Faith Centre is in the process of closing. It closed as a charity on 31st December 2019, though some of its programs will continue to run until Summer 2020. There will be a celebration of the work of London Inter Faith Centre at 2pm on Wednesday 25th March 2020.
Our commitment to Inter Faith work continues. Programs are now being offered at a wide range of other venues and by a different parts of the Diocese. This includes work at St Paul’s Cathedral and St John’s Southall. Rev Dr John Parry will continue to offer events here at LIFC until Summer 2020; after which some programs will continue to be offered here on an adhoc basis.
St Anne’s Congregation remains committed to working closely with our neighbours and friends of other faiths, and look forward to exploring what this will look like in the future.