Anglican-Jewish Commission releases communiqué from recent meeting

 — Apr. 23, 201823 avril 2018

Immigration and minorities were chief topics of discussion at a meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission last month in Jerusalem. One particular focus was the situation facing Christians in the Middle East. They agreed that any responses to the situation must be grounded in an understanding and affirmation of human life and freedom.

This was the first time the group had met since 2014. Speaking afterwards members said they had been encouraged and hopeful about gathering more often in the future. The Commission expects to reconvene again in 2019.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Programmes Coordinator for Inter Religious Affairs, Katie Hodkinson, said the meeting was very significant.

“It was something that the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel whilst on his two-week visit to the Holy Land last May, ” she said. “This renewed energy and commitment was warmly welcomed by both the Christian and Jewish communities.”

Communiqué of the ninth meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission

The ninth meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and office of the Archbishop of Canterbury was hosted by the former, at the offices of the American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem between the 20th-22nd March 2018 / 4-6th of Nisan 5778.

The Commission’s mandate is taken from the provisions of the joint declaration of the Archbishop and the Chief Rabbis made at Lambeth Palace on 6th September 2006 and confirmed at their subsequent meeting in Jerusalem.

The meeting opened with the reading of a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressing his support and encouragement for the important ongoing relationship that the Commission represents and his appreciation of the joint recommitment to the Commission made with the Chief Rabbis of Israel at their meeting in Jerusalem in May 2017.

At the opening session Rabbi David Rosen, the International Director of Inter Religious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee, welcomed the members of the Commission to Jerusalem and gave an overview of the work of the AJC globally and specifically in Jerusalem. The Most Revd Suheil Dawani, Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East, also shared reflections and offered his support for this important work. The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, chaired the meeting.

The theme of the Commission’s meeting was ‘minorities and refugees-immigration and integration’ and responses were given by both traditions. Papers were presented by Dr Clare Amos, Dr Jane Clements, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave and the Most Revd Michael Jackson on a Christian theology of hospitality; Biblical perspectives on immigration; a reimagining of the identity of migrants as citizens and pilgrims; and an exploration of the concept of Sanctuary in contemporary Ireland, respectively.

Rabbi Dr Rasson Arousi’s paper and subsequent contributions from the Jewish delegation explored God’s compassion for humanity and the numerous scriptural injunctions to care for the resident alien. He also examined the distinctions between the requirements for the individual to respond to human need and the responsibility of the state to guarantee the cultural and economic integrity, security and stability of society. There was unanimity amongst members of the Commission that all responses to the challenges of immigration and integration must be predicated on the affirmation the sanctity of human life and freedom.

The programme included an opening meal at the Mamilla Hotel for members of the Commission, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel. It was also attended by Ephraim Mirvis, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as well as the Deputy British Ambassador to Israel, Mr Tony Kay OBE.

The Commission discussed various matters of concern including a briefing and discussion about the situation of Christians in the middle east and in particularly in Israel, led by Mrs Sharon Regev of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archbishop Suheil Dawani was represented at that particular meeting by the Very Revd Hosam Naoum, Dean of St George’s Cathedral.

The participants looked forward to their next meeting in 2019 in London.

The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin
Rabbi Dr Rasson Aroussi.

The following are members of the Commission:

Delegation of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Rabbi Dr Rasson Arousi
Rabbi Dr David Rosen CBE, KSG
Rabbi Prof Abraham Steinberg,
Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber
Mr Oded Wiener, Director General, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Delegation of the Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
The Most Revd Suheil Dawani
The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE
Dr Clare Amos
Dr Jane Clements
The Revd Canon Mark Poulson, Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury
Katie Hodkinson, Programmes Coordinator for Inter Religious Affairs at Lambeth Palace

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