Anglican responses to rise in anti-Semitism

07/12/2018

We're all concerned with the apparent rise in anti-Semitism and hate crime.

Indeed we have just witnessed the senseless murder of Jewish people at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Pittsburgh because of outright religious hatred.

The rise in anti-Semitism and hate crime is more than just a blip, as hate crimes have more than doubled in the past five years.

As Christian ministers and reconcilers we are in a position to help with this but only if we’re sufficiently informed of the issues.

To that end, we invite you to a day examining ‘Anglican Responses to the Rise in Anti-Semitism’ which will be held on Wednesday 30 January 2019 from 9am–3.45pm at Church House, North Shields, NE29 6HS. A charge of £10 per person to cover lunch and refreshments is required.

Bishop Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield and the National Chair of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Rabbi at the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and Revd Bryan Vernon, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at Newcastle University, and involved in the training of medical students to lead us in a day exploring some of the questions around the rise in anti-Semitism and hate crime.

Institutions like schools, hospitals and universities, but not the Church, have a duty in this area and a lot of thinking has been done already, however many difficulties we face is caused by the fear of causing offence.

The training day will hopefully enable questions we have to be answered. As the Church has a presence in every community it is often involved with such conflicts and can play a part in healing such divisions.

Places are limited. To book a place contact Lesley Hillary at l.hillary@newcastle.anglican.org or telephone 0191 2704100.

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