Board of Deputies concern about Methodist cuts #methconf

by Richard on June 28, 2012

Jonathan Arkush >> Jewish – Methodist Relations: Concerns Re-Surface

What put our relations back on track was an honest, frank, dedicated, sensitive project of dialogue and joint action, the success of which depended almost entirely on the skills of the Secretary for External Relations and the Inter Faith Officer. If the situation were to repeat itself with the Jewish, or indeed any other faith community, I am worried that the Church would have no route to repair relations. Had there been no such occurrence in recent history, perhaps this could have been seen as a luxury that could be foregone. But in the present circumstances, where healing wounds are still fresh, and progress is observable but fragile, I am very concerned indeed if the view is taken by the Methodist Church conference that it can afford to forego this vital resource.

We are keen to continue to develop our dialogue and action with the Methodist Church, finding common ground and overcoming suspicion. I pray that, over the coming week, the Methodist Conference will send a signal to the Jewish community – and to those of other faiths – that it too remains willing to reach out, to seek understanding, and to work together for the good of all in our diverse society.

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Ric 06.29.12 at 2:05 am

This was my comment, hosted by the much-missed David Hallam, as witness at the 2010 Conference
Is the majority position of the Methodist Church now that the only Jews who merit a hearing are those who criticise Israel and cast doubt on its right to exist as a Jewish state?


Richard 06.29.12 at 6:40 am

Struggling to see how this comment has any relevance to this post, Ric.

No need to miss David. He hasn’t been doing his blog but he is still to be found giving the benefit of his wisdom on the internet.


Ric 06.29.12 at 10:03 am

Thank you for posting my comment, Richard. Its purpose was to remind people of the depth, complexity and seriousness of the rift between the Methodist and Jewish communities in Britain occasioned by the Methodist boycott of goods and services from Jewish communities in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.


Methodist Preacher 07.01.12 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for your kind words Ric. I must admit to having been very touched over recent months by many messages from those who miss the blog. There are good professional reasons why I had to suspend my blogging, and may resume (though possibly in a different format) when my current assignment is complete. My thoughts, prayers and commitments continue in other ways and are bearing much fruit.


Richard 07.02.12 at 7:18 am

I’d love to ask what professional reasons could make blogging inappropriate, but allow posting on Facebook. That’s a puzzle to me. Glad your work is bearing fruit though.


Ric 07.02.12 at 7:33 pm

David, it’s lovely to see your posting in this forum. It makes me think of Psalm 23. Whatever you’re doing now, keep up the good work and nil desperandum!

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