Thursday, August 16, 2007

Christians and Jews in new summit

From an article by George Conger for Religious Intelligence:

THE COMMISSION of Anglican and Jewish leaders, organised as a joint project of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, held its first meeting last month in Jerusalem.

Led by the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Rev Michael Jackson and Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen of Haifa, the Commission met in Jerusalem from July 1-2 to define the parameters of dialogue between Anglicans and Jews, and to help ease tensions inflamed by decisions taken by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and General Synod in recent years. . .

While rejecting a strongly worded condemnation of Israel from the Anglican Peace and Justice Network after the intervention of Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Dean of St Paul’s, Dr John Moses, the ACC endorsed ethical investment strategies that “support the infrastructure of a future Palestinian state."

Relations were further strained by General Synod’s 2006 decision to call for divestment from companies whose products were used by the Israel government in the Territories -- a decision that prompted Lord Carey to say he was “ashamed to be an Anglican.”. . .

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