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.