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Muslim Christian Dialogue in Manchester

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:30 in Community Engagement

Where: Star Education Centre, 116 Hyde Road, Ardwick, Manchester M12 5AR
Time: 17:30
With: Revd Canon Phil Rawlings


As part of the workshop series organised in collaboration with local communities, volunteers of the Dialogue Society Manchester Branch held a session on fasting and frugality in Islam and Christianity. We were delighted to host Revd Canon Phil Rawlings, who shared some most interesting Christian perspectives on the topic. The group enjoyed putting their questions to our speaker and exchanging thoughts and ideas over tea and snacks.


Phil has lived in Manchester for the last 17 years. At the age of 19 he felt called into ordained ministry and went to study in Nottingham after which he did his three-year curacy in Higher Blackley, Manchester. From there he moved to North Bolton to join a team at St. Peter’s Church, Halliwell, where he had responsibility for St. Andrew’s Church on the large Council Estate of Johnson Fold. In 1993 He felt called to move into Old Trafford, which is a majority Muslim area, next to Moss Side. Here the church developed an Eden Team and also developed a lot of inter-faith work as well as relevant evangelism. Phil has completed a Masters in Islamic Studies, and embarked on a Professional Doctorate. He is currently Borough Dean of Trafford. He teaches an undergraduate course and will teach a postgraduate course on ‘Islam in Britain’, at the Nazarene Theological College. He is really excited at the prospect of the NWTP Hub in Manchester. Phil is married to Maxine and they have four children.