A message from CCJ Co-Chair Rev Steve Williams
 
Our Urgent Duty – Meeting 2
 
This is a note to let you know that Manchester Council of Christians and Jews have settled on a day, time and venue for our second meeting in the series “Our Urgent Duty”.
 
It will be on Tuesday 14 March, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.   
 
If you would like to come, please drop a line either to myself or to our Secretary, Francesca Frazer, at ccjsecretary@yahoo.co.uk
 
For reasons of catering, security and space, if you would like to attend, please apply by sending us your name and  contact details in advance of the meeting.  
 
At the end of the first meeting, there was a positive response to the need to examine in more detail the events that Christians remember in Holy Week, and how these can be reflected upon by showing, at the same time, respect for the insights of Judaism and the Jewish community.  
 
A handbill is attached for you to print, circulate or use at your discretion.
 
The text says:
 
What Crucified Jesus?
 
Exploring Holy Week and Easter readings 
while respecting Jews and Judaism
 
"When a curse seems to weigh upon the whole human race, [this] is the urgent duty to which [we] are called by the memory of Auschwitz."
(Jules Isaac)
 
A  meeting on Tuesday 14th March 2017, 
from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.        
 
Jesus did not reject Judaism.  The Jewish People did not kill Jesus.  Those are the twin insights of Historian and Holocaust Survivor Jules Isaac.  He sought the Christian roots of anti-Judaism by reading Christian scripture afresh.  These issues are in the sharpest focus when we examine the story of Jesus' Passion, Trial and Death.  The questions of who was held responsible and why have reverberated through the centuries.  Why were the Jewish People blamed for Jesus' death when he and his followers were all Jewish and died at the hands of the Roman authorities? 
 
Dr Joy Barrow has studied the Jewish background to  Holy Week.  She has been Director of the International Inter Faith Centre in Oxford and Inter Faith Relations Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain.  She is currently Branch Liaison Manager for the Council of Christians and Jews.  She will share her insights at our meeting and help us to read and discuss together the events of Holy Week.  Together, we will explore how Christians may mark Holy Week without attacking Judaism or fuelling anti-Jewish feelings.    
 
This meeting is for anyone who enjoys engaging with Scripture - it is not for "experts" or academics, although, of course, all people are welcome!  CCJ was founded to promote friendship and trust between our two communities of faith.  Mutual respect is essential.   At our meetings, we assure everyone that proselytisation and missionary activity is not allowed.  Our constitution says so.  We look forward to welcoming you.
 
To take part please contact us by email at either
or leave a message at 07791 733 980