Joint Statement from the Methodist Church and the Board of Deputies of British Jews

by Richard on January 13, 2011

Anyone who has been reading this blog for the last little while will be aware of the controversy that was stirred by the Methodist Conference report Justice for Palestine and Israel. Following a meeting earlier this month, the Methodist Church and the Board of Deputies issued the following statement

On 7 January 2011, a conversation took place between representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Methodist Church. Discussion focused on the way forward for relations between the two communities in 2011 and beyond.

The meeting followed correspondence between the two organisations. In December, the Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, wrote to the Board of Deputies to clarify issues relating to, and arising from, the decisions taken at the Methodist Conference in June 2010. The President of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, welcomed her considered and helpful letter and the opportunity for a constructive conversation.

The discussion led by the two Presidents explored further these concerns and issues. In particular, the need to clarify the use of specific words and phrases (such as Zionism and Christian Zionism) in facilitating a productive and continuing dialogue. The group recognised and commended efforts to build bridges in local communities and discussed future progression of these at the grassroots and national levels. The Methodist Church and the Board of Deputies expressed their gratitude for the support given by the Council of Christians and Jews.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

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John Cooper 01.13.11 at 9:53 am

That is a good news statement if ever there was one. Let’s hope it enables the rhetoric to be toned down and (instead) true dialogue where listening and accepting criticism is allowed, not just a louder and louder statement of a ‘version’ of the truth.

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Richard 01.13.11 at 10:52 am

Amen that.

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doug 01.13.11 at 2:53 pm

Well if the Methodists wouldn’t have had that crazy report then they wouldn’t have to be in this position in the first place. If they would equally condemn publically, the main thing here is equally and publically, terrorism and all of the other nations in the world supporting those things then maybe they wouldn’t need to do this thing as well.

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Bene D 01.13.11 at 7:40 pm

Good. Thanks Richard.

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Joseph W 01.13.11 at 8:15 pm

Excellent news.

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Kim 01.13.11 at 9:10 pm

Yep.

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Methodist Preacher 01.14.11 at 8:53 am

I will be posting about this later today when I have checked a few things out.

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Richard 01.14.11 at 10:55 am

Will you be giving news of the lawsuit?

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Beth 01.14.11 at 11:53 am

Erm… is that the entire statement? It doesn’t actually say anything other than “we had a meeting and made nice noises at each other”. Which is lovely, but doesn’t really address any of the substantive issues. If it leads to a bit less stupidity and yelling on every side, however, I guess it’s a job well done.

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John Cooper 01.14.11 at 2:11 pm

Beth- To have such clear statements saying ‘here is what is really meant’ and ‘we are now talking’ is a positive step forward. Injustice wrapped up in religion is hardest to begin to explore - and my hope would be we can begin to explore the situation afresh, building on the research already done.

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Methodist Preacher 01.14.11 at 3:56 pm

My comment will be posted at five - and include a reference to the lawsuit.

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Richard 01.14.11 at 5:41 pm

I read your post, David. I’d better not reply. But I can’t help notice that the only reference to the lawsuit is a line at the end that refers to it as coming “soon”. It was “imminent” in October. You wouldn’t like to clarify the position, would you?

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Methodist Preacher 01.14.11 at 7:20 pm

Of course I will clarify. It is coming. Soon.

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Kim 01.14.11 at 11:14 pm

Sounds ominous.

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Richard 01.15.11 at 12:22 am

Ominous? We’ll see. The answer David was trying to give to my question was “No.” I just hope that it’s only his own money that he thinking of wasting.

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