Code of Conduct

Members of the Council will:

  • respect the freedom of those of each faith and no faith within the law (of the land) to express their personal beliefs and convictions;
  • learn to understand what persons of each faith and no faith actually believe and value, allowing them to express this in their own terms;
  • be careful not to misrepresent or disparage others’ beliefs and practices, no matter how difficult we might find it to accept them;
  • respect the convictions of others about food, dress and social etiquette and not behave in ways which cause needless offence;
  • recognise that all of us at times fall short of the ideals of our faith traditions and never compare our own ideals with other people’s practices;
  • work to prevent disagreement leading to conflict and always seek to avoid violence, verbal or physical, in our relationships;
  • recognise that listening attentively and with integrity, as well as speaking honestly are necessary for a genuine conversation;
  • be honest and courageous in expressing and communicating our beliefs and religious allegiances;
  • correct misunderstandings or misrepresentations not only of our own faith but also of other faiths whenever we come across them;
  • not seek to proselytize any other participant;
  • understand that by “interfaith dialogue” we do not mean a single unified religion beyond all existing religions nor the domination of one religion over all others.