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A Wider Vision: A History of the World Congress of Faiths, 1936 - 1996 by Marcus Braybrooke

The Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke DD., is a retired Anglical Clergyman. He was Executive Director Council of Christians & Jews 1984 - 87, and Chairman of the World Congresses of Faiths 1978 - 83 & 1992 - 99, and is its current President. He is the author of more than a dozen books. His Lambeth Doctor of Divinity was presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of "his world-wide work for inter-religious understanding and co-operation." Published by Oneworld Publications, 185 Banbury rd, Oxford OX2 7AR England. Used by permission of the author. The material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and Winnie Brock.

Forward By The Reverend Dr Edward Carpenter, President of the World Congress of Faiths

There can be no question whatever that we are living in and through one of the most creative periods in the history of all religions and not least of course in Christianity. The coming together of world religions, however tentative and hesitant, is the most significant religious fact in our contemporary world society. Undoubtedly there are many who have committed themselves to this significant development of faith in all parts of the world. The World Congress of Faiths has during its sixty years of life devoted time, energy, thought and prayer to breaking down human barriers and working in a fellowship 'nourished by spiritual experience of communion with the Ultimate'.


Amongst those who have dedicated their lives to advancing the cause of world religions is Marcus Braybrooke. Indeed he has been something of a pioneer, bold enough to face the contemporary situation with an awareness of its unique significance. And so he is eminently suited to chronicle the essentials of this influential and growing movement. He has gathered together the thinking, the feeling and the commitment of diverse persons who have concerned themselves with the relationship between the different faiths and in so doing has brought a scholarly and reflective mind to an understanding of an exciting and fast-changing period in the history of religion. This book will therefore be widely welcomed by all who are interested in contemporary religion.

It has been my privilege to know Marcus Braybrooke's work both through his writing and his activities with the World Congress of Faiths. A Wider Vision is but the latest of his many contributions. I am confident that his commitment will not weaken, but rather intensify as year succeeds year. Contemporary religion owes him a great debt.

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