Bridges and Barriers to Hindu Christian Relations Research Project
The OCHS took on this project, and with the consultation of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Dr Jessica Frazier designed and carried out the research from June to December of 2010. The research took the form of approximately fifty detailed interviews with Hindus and Christians in London, Leicester, and Preston, recording accounts of people's experiences, and their attitudes, interests, impressions, needs, and concerns. In particular the research was designed to explore underlying tensions and theological attitudes, encouraging people to reflect on issues of truth and relationship that are central to interfaith.
The research resulted in more than thirty hours and 100,000 words of interviews containing material on Hindu and Christian experience in the UK, and on issues of religious truth, conversion and controversy, and successful interfaith. A detailed report is currently being circulated amongst advisors.
The first draft of the report was presented at Lambeth Palace on 16 February with the final report published in May 2011. The research materials will be made available for the use of the broader academic community later in the year.
The official launch of the report will be at the House of Lords in November 2011.