This manual is the product of a dialogue between several partners, FNC: Faiths, Neighbours, Changemakers, The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, and students from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
We are indebted to the Westhill Foundation, which funded this research; this manual would not have been able to come into being without their support.
We thank the London School of Economics and Political Science Volunteer Centre for their support in providing an opportunity for us to cooperate and receive consultancy from students through their Community Engagement Programme, specifically for the topic of this manual, the field of online dialogue.
This manual has been penned by Canon Dr Andrew Smith from FNC. It serves the primary aim of informing the practices of online interfaith dialogue by identifying and providing community-centric guidance on how best to bring faith communities together. We have always found that the most successful dialogues occur when there are clear objectives, and attention has been paid to detail. Therefore, this manual, the pros and cons illustrated within it, and its overall analysis of power has been developed to ensure dialogue can occur equitably and fruitfully.
Please get in touch with us to let us know if and how the manual was helpful, to give any feedback and comments about the manual’s content, style, structure and to any other enquiries. Please see the inside cover for contact details. Our future, at least partly, will be online, and such research is important in furthering our understanding of how to engage in community building online most effectively.
We hope that this manual and perhaps others will be helpful to you and that you will enjoy exploring dialogue online.