This is still a relatively new area of engagement for Baptists. The Joppa Baptist Interfaith network began in 1985. A report on interfaith is being presented to BU Council in November 2009 .
Paul Weller Baptist Minister and Professor of of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby and Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, UK.
MA Theology, University of Oxford (1981); MPhil on a Baptist Contribution to the Theology & Practice of Dialogue, University of Manchester (1988); PhD on The Rushdie Controversy, Religious Plurality & Established Religion, University of Leeds (1996)
'Freedom and witness in a multi-religious society: A Baptist perspective', Baptist Quarterly 33 (April & July 1990), pp. 252-264, pp. 302-315.
'Equity, Inclusivity and Participation in a Plural Society: Challenging
the Establishment of the Church of England' in P. Edge and G. Harvey
(eds) Law and Religion in Contemporary Society:
Communities, Individualism and the State (Ashgate, 2000), pp. 53-67.
'Insiders or Outsiders? Propositions for European Religions, States and Societies' in A. Race and I. Shafer, Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy, (Ashgate, 2002), pp. 193-208
'Insiders or Outsiders? Religion(s), State(s) and Society: Propositions for Europe', Baptist Quarterly 39.5 (January 2002) pp. 211-222 and 39.6 (April 2002), pp. 276-286
Time for a Change: Reconfiguring Religion, State and Society (T & T Clark, 2005),
Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues (Continuum, 2008),
A Mirror for our Times: "The Rushdie Affair" and the Future of Multiculturalism (T & T Clark, 2009)
Nicholas J. Wood. Baptist Minister, Dean and Tutorial Fellow in Religion and Culture, Regent's Park College, Oxford and Director of the Centre for Christianity and Culture. Chair of JOPPA, the Baptist Inter-Faith Network. A president of the National Christian Muslim Forum.
PhD, University of Oxford (1996)
(ed.), A Baptist Perpsective on Interfaith Dialogue (Joppa, 1992)
'Inculturating Christianity in Postmodern Britain' in Paul S. Fiddes (ed.), Faith in the Centre: Christianity and Culture (Smyth and Helwys, 2001), pp.235-256.
Confessing Christ in a Plural World. The 2002 Whitley Lecture (Whitely, 2002)
Faiths and Faithfulness: Pluralism, Dialogue and Mission in the Work of Kenneth Cragg and Lesslie Newbigin (Paternoster, 2009)