CAPTION: French visitors with Bishop Robert and Archdeacon Christopher Futcher

French link discussions focus on secularisation

Posted: 21st February, 2017

Visitors from our link with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux in France, have taken part in discussions on secularisation and relations between the Church and the State, on a visit to our diocese.

As well as visiting the Cathedral and having time to spend with hosts, the small group  took part and heard from speakers in a conference-style event over three days.

Engagement with the forces of secularisation, engagement with other faiths and engagement with State, Culture and Change were the over-arching headings for each days speakers.

Speakers included Prof Grace Davie, the Dean Jonathan Draper, Imam Mohammed Abrar and the Devon and Cornwall Police faith co-ordinator Chris Clewer as well as many others. The Bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger spoke about secularisation in France.

Bishop Robert met with visitors and is due to preside at an Anglican Communion. He also welcomed Mgr Boulanger to Cathedral Evensong and offered him his crozier and seat beside him in the Bishop’s throne.

Link co-ordinator Davd Nixon said: “This has been a great opportunity to renew our friendship with the Diocese of Bayeaux-Lisieux and with the Bishop. We’ve been talking about significant issues which affect our countries and our churches at a time of increased uncertainty and anxiety. This is when our faith and our friendship is really important.”

Imam Mohammed Abrar from Exeter Central Mosque spoke to the group about what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain following terror attacks in France.