Church of England

Pro-Zionist Christians meet at ‘security wall’ church

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

A Christian group has hit back at the London church which erected a controversial replica of the Israeli security wall in its grounds.

Organisers of the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival at St James’s Church in Piccadilly said the wall had been built to highlight Israeli treatment of Palestinian Christians.

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Chief Rabbi and Archbishop of York to launch student interfaith group

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will join the Archbishop of York at Durham University next week to welcome the launch of a new, student-led, interfaith group.

Set up in partnership with the Council of Christians and Jews, the CCJ Student Presidents (CCJSP) is a community made up of students of different faiths across the UK.

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Archbishop of Canterbury joins rabbis in talks on Israel and antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, January 31, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has held his first meeting with his fellow leaders of the Council of Christians and Jews since taking office last year.

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Church of England shows how not to love thy neighbour

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 17, 2014

Over the holiday season we’ve had to endure once again the anti-Jewish antics of the fashionable St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Five years ago this church hosted an alternative carol service, at which were sung bowdlerised carols castigating and condemning Jewish national aspirations.

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Anger over church’s replica of Israeli security wall

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

The Israeli Embassy has accused St James’s Church in Piccadilly of attempting to “incite against Israel and Israelis” by unveiling a replica of the West Bank barrier.

Embassy officials were originally signed up to speak during the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival which opened on December 23.

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Clare Short defends vicar in Shoah denial affair

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Former International Development Secretary Clare Short has waded into a row over a controversial Church of England vicar’s comments on Israel.

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Anglican vicar says trust in Church is shaken after Stephen Sizer affair

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A Church of England vicar has challenged the handling of an investigation into a fellow Anglican whose blog linked to websites promoting Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

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Israeli ambassador tells bishops how Bible can be used to achieve peace

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2013

Israel's ambassador to Britain has led a fringe session at the Church of England's General Synod.

Daniel Taub spoke to around 80 bishops, church ministers and lay leaders about applying biblical lessons to the Middle East peace process.

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu was among the participants who heard Mr Taub discuss his past experience as part of Israel's negotiating team.

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The day they said Kaddish in Westminster Abbey

By Daniel Easterman, November 14, 2013

For more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey has been one of the most important sites of Christian worship in the country. But, last Sunday, it was the venue for a poignant ceremony of Jewish remembrance.

In a special service commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Jews joined with Christians to recite prayers, sing sacred songs and hear testimony from survivors.

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Anglican vicar admits offending Jews over web posts

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2013

An Anglican vicar has said he regrets posting website links which promoted Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

Reverend Stephen Sizer said he accepted that his actions had offended the Jewish community and acknowledged he should have “taken more care” and “reflected on the choice of words more carefully”.

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