Surrey Faith Links
Surrey Faith Links was initiated in 2009 and is funded by Surrey County Council. It seeks to build good relationships between faith organisations and others, particularly local authorities, public services and voluntary and community groups, so that together we may better serve and inform the people and places of Surrey.
Interfaith Advisers work to maintain open dialogue, work with chaplaincies and relate to a number of projects.
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Local Interfaith Groups links
South East England Faiths Forum (SEEFF)
Diocesan Interfaith Adviser (DIFA)
Rev Phil Simpson
Phil’s role is to consult with and brief the Bishops on interfaith issues. He connects with the National Anglican DIFA network 'Presence and Engagement’ and chairs the Interfaith Advisory Group, which links with parishes across the diocese. He seeks to embrace tension between the Great Commandment (Love neighbour) and Great Commission (Make disciples). And he also believes in having 'Great Conversations' through Interfaith dialogue and mutual faith-sharing.
Phil has spent over 30 years in mission traveling extensively in Middle East and Asia and is currently the SSM at Christchurch in Woking and a self employed mission consultant
Faith Coordinator – Surrey Police
Patrick Samuels, a Captain in the Church Army has been appointed to the role of Faith Co-ordinator and Police Chaplain. Prior to this role he was working in community outreach in Walton particularly on the St John’s estate and was a volunteer chaplain to the Elmbridge Police Team. He will continue to support and develop the Volunteer police chaplains, provide a variety of training to the police and seek and encourage links between the police and faith communities.