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
"The Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Rev. Samir Kafity, and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. made a 10-day joint pilgrimage in the Holy Land before and during Easter. The Primates met the President of Egypt, the King of Jordan and the Prime Minister of Israel. At the end of their pilgrimage on Easter Monday the two Primates made a statement reaffirming their commitment `to support the creation of a new Palestine while assuring peace and security for Israel'. After talking with ecumenical partners from Iraq the two Primates became convinced that the international community needs to end the sanctions against Iraq and provide humanitarian relief and work for peace".
"At the invitation of the Anglican Province of Korea, over 30 members of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN), representing 24 Provinces of the Anglican Communion, met on the grounds of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, from April 14 to April 21, 1999. .... In this summary of the meeting, the committee reports are presented first, followed by in-depth reports from the Provinces and some Dioceses of the Communion. .... There are also the immediate, active concerns of the APJN as a collective sounding board for the Communion. There are two papers on`Alternatives to War', in light of the international involvement in Kosovo and potential involvement elsewhere. And there is attention paid to problems in Korea, the host country. The group considered the problem of `Korean Re-Unification', and lifted up the ways in which the Christian churches are attempting to become partners in a healing process. Members of APJN made a visit to the DMZ, the dividing line between the estranged nations of the peninsula. And they considered ways to continue the dialogue, launched at Lambeth in 1998, of the church with its gay and lesbian members in a `Panel on Homosexuality'." -- Coming to Seoul, p. 3.
Contents divided into three sections: Introduction -- Section 1: Areas of Concern -- Section 2: Reports from the Churches.
Contents of Introduction section: Coming to Seoul -- Welcome Address / Matthew Chung -- Bishop Prado's Sermon Luiz Prado / -- Minutes of APJN Business Meeting [April 20, 1999] -- APJN Participants..
Contents of Section 1: Areas of Concern: Korea Re-Unification -- Urbanization: Peace, Sustainability, and Justice towards Holistic Mission -- Migrant Workers -- Asian and African Women -- Globalization -- International Debt Burden and Jubilee 2000 -- Regional Conflicts: The Great Lakes Region -- Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process -- On an Alternative to War (Paper 1) -- On an Alternative to War (Paper 2): Kosovo Situation -- On Landmines, Weapons and Violence -- The New Dimensions of Age -- Panel on Homosexuality.
Contents of Section 2: Reports from the Churches: Brazil -- Burundi -- Anglican Church of Canada -- Diocese of Egypt and North Africa -- Church of England -- Episcopal Church USA -- The Church in the Province of the Indian Ocean -- Iran -- Jerusalem -- Kenya -- Myanmar -- The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Holy Catholic Church in Japan) -- Episcopal Church in the Philippines -- Rwanda -- Church of the Province of Southern Africa -- Sri Lanka -- Tanzania -- Wales.
The Anglican Church of Canada was represented by Ms. Joy Kennedy.
"The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has urged Christians throughout the world to make efforts to visit Bethlehem as a place of pilgrimage and to remember the `struggling' town in their prayers. In a letter presented to Dr. Victor Batarseh, the Mayor of Bethlehem, marking the feast of the Epiphany, Dr. Williams expressed his concern for the fate of the area." Article includes text of letter.
"The Archbishop of Canterbury made a visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem from 25-30 January . His visit included time in Jordan as well as visits to many institutions, congregations and ecumenical leaders in and about Jerusalem and throughout Israel/Palestine." The Archbishop met with the President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, the Chief Rabbinate and Nathan Sharansky, Minister for Jerusalem, "who hosted a small group for discussion of the efforts for Peace and Reconciliation in the Holy Land. Later in the day the Archbishop met with the Executive Group of the Alexandria Process, an initiative started by Lord Carey with Church Leaders from throughout the area which is staffed by the Rev. Canon Andrew White of Coventry Cathedral". Includes a brief history of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem of which Bishop Riah is the 13th Anglican bishop and the third Palestinian bishop. The diocese has more than 7,000 members, 29 parishes, and 34 institutions spread across the different countries it covers. "It employs over 1500 people and has several hundred students in its various schools as well as important medical and rehabilitation care units throughout the areas".
See also "A statement of the Japanese Anglican visiting team to Jerusalem led by the Bishop of Tokyo" on page 13 of the same issue.
The Anglican Consultative Council has adopted a recommendation that churches put pressure on firms that contribute to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, including the removal of investment funds in these companies as a last resort.