The author. who works in the area of interfaith relations at the Anglican Communion Office in London recently visited the Holy Land for the first time. She took a course "Abraham: Yesterday and Today" at St. George's College, Jerusalem, while staying at "'The House of Abraham', run by a community of French nuns offering hospitality to all regardless of nationality or faith". "The wall was very much a feature of our visit. .... The experience of checkpoints also introduced us to the apartheid that is developing. Being a group of American, Australian, English and Nepalese we were waved through with little inconvenience, not so the local residents". "One of our group had just completed three months with a Christian Peacekeeper Team and guided us around the team apartment in Hebron. It was a joy to see young Palestinian children emerge from a face painting session all smiles and giggles. Again we were reminded that the dehumanising is on both sides as we looked over to the Israeli barracks populated by young conscripts most of whom are terrified and simply want to go home". "During some of the evenings we received excellent lectures on Abraham within Islam, current work in building relationships between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Jerusalem, and Abraham in the Jewish tradition." "Worshipping with Arab Christians, praying for the peace of Jerusalem through psalms and intercessions whilst actually there, seeing the wall, all these were moving experiences."
See also advertisement for "Saint George's College, Jerusalem" on page 23 which lists three courses: Palestine of Jesus (20 April - 3 May 2007); St. Paul and the Early Church (10-23 May 2007); and St. Paul in Greece (14-25 June 2007). www.sgcjerusalem.org
Issue of IAFN Newsletter included as part of the Anglican World for Eastertide 2005. An editorial and series of short reports from different agencies and countries about interfaith families. "[T]heological problems become practical issues in the case of inter faith marriage and family life, and this newsletter deals with the real problems of couples and families who try to cross religious divisions. Frequently, these divisions are made more difficult because they also involve cultural differences. But the newsletter also tells of successes." "This newsletter, with articles from many parts of the Anglican Communion, shows couples and young people reaching out and crossing inter faith boundaries. As people of different faiths meet and grow together, many -- despite the difficulties -- find positive benefits and discover through the focus on families and children that they have much in common".