Archdiocesan Commission for Dialogue and Unity

The Commission aims to advise the Archbishop, parishes, organisations, and deaneries on interchurch and interfaith relations, and relate to and support key interchurch bodies and major interchurch social action initiatives.

President
The Most Revd Malcolm McMahon OP, KC*HS

Archdiocesan Ecumenical Officer
Mr Ultan Russell PEP Chair, 24 Borromeo Close, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 7DS Tel 07398 156 481 Email u.russell@rcaolp.org.uk

Ecumenical Officers
Mgr Canon John Devine OBE, Ep Vic (Churches Alive in Mann); Rev Canon Peter Stanley (Churches Together in Lancashire) and Ultan Russell (Churches Together in the Merseyside Region)

Representatives on Mission in the Economy (MitE)
Ray Pealing and Janet Keefe

Archdiocesan Interfaith Advisers
HE Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr and Rev Terry Madden MAfr

Other Members
Rt Rev Thomas Williams VG; Anne Atherton; Steve Atherton; Rev Dennis Blackledge SJ; Marie-Therese Lacey; Peter McDonnell; Deacon Paul Rooney; Rev Tony Slingo; John Smartt; Charlotte Walmsley

Ecumenical Consultants
Laura Burton; Rev Dr Andrew Cheatle; The Worshipful Howard Connell; Rev Andrew Edwards; and Rebecca Richardson


Accompanying Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the year according to the lunar calendar followed by Muslims, is expected to start on 13 April. It is a holy month, marked especially by a fast each day during the hours of light. This way of fasting sets Muslims apart from others.
 
In the southern Philippines, on the island of Mindano which has a large Muslim population, the Christians devised a programme which they called Duyog Ramadan, “Accompanying Ramadan”. The idea was taken from music. When people sing, they are often accompanied by someone playing the guitar. The guitarist doesn’t necessarily sing, but he or she backs up the singers by strumming. In a similar way Christians, who are not observing Ramadan, can accompany the Muslims who are doing so.
 
Last year, 2020, the priests and people of St Vincent de Paul parish, in Liverpool 1, decided to do just this. They wished to accompany their Muslim brothers and sisters, especially by their prayers. In order to sustain this effort some information about Ramadan, or about Islam in general, was provided every day on the parish Facebook account. It is these daily posts that have been collected in the booklet presented here.
 
Each post is in two parts. There is first some brief information about some aspect of Islam; this is followed by a multiple-answer question. The answer to this question is given after the next post.

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr