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Reports

A Statement from Christian Ethicists Without Borders on White Supremacy and Racism

| 02.09.2017

The following statement was signed by over 780 concerned Christian ethicists and theologians. For a full and updated list of signatories, please see :click here. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

“Make Friends Across Religions”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I – Grand Mufti Shawki Allam – Pope Francis – H.H. the Dalai Lama – Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Al-Milani – Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh – Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) – Archbishop Justin Welby – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Archbishop Antje Jackelén – Ayatollah Sayyid Hassan Al-Qazwini – Rabbi Abraham Skorka – Ven. Khandro Rinpoche | 02.09.2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 * The most prominent leaders of the world’s major religions released a joint appeal today calling on the people of the world to unify and make friends across religions. ... [more]

Reports (323)

Reforming, Rereading, Renewing: Martin Luther and 500 Years of Tradition and Reform in Judaism and Christianity

Murray Watson | 01.09.2017

A report by Dr Murray Watson, a conference participant from Canada and one of the more than 60 speakers and presenters at that conference in Bonn, Germany from July 2 to 5. … [more]

The ICCJ welcomes a new President and a new Executive Board

Anette Adelmann, ICCJ General Secretary | 01.09.2017

07.07.2017 * Elections for ICCJ President, Treasurer and Executive Board were held on Thursday July 6th in Bonn, Germany. The elections took place during the Annual General Meeting of the ICCJ, and each candidate was elected for a tenure of three years. … [more]




Book Reviews (81)

Not In God’s Name

Ron Kronish | 01.06.2017

Jonathan Sacks:
Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

Londen: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 2016.
320 pp. (cloth) … [more]

Mystical Resistance

Federico Dal Bo | 01.05.2017

Ellen Davina Haskell:
Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
256 pp. $99.00 (cloth) … [more]

Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist: A Life of Activism Through Dialogue

Nike Snijders | 01.04.2017

Debbie Weissman:
Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist: A Life of Activism Through Dialogue.

Jerusalem: Urim Publication, 2017.
160 pp. $16.50 (hardcover) … [more]




Statements | Protestant (46)

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The United Protestant Church of Belgium* | 01.02.2017

This letter to the President of the Central Israelite Consistory in Belgium, Mr. Philippe Markiewicz LL.M., was read by the President of the United Protestant Church in Belgium, Rev. Steven H. Fuite, on Thursday, December 1st 2016, in the Great Synagogue in Brussels during the 6th annual colloquium of the group “Juifs et chrétiens, engageons-nous!” (“Jews and Christians, let us commit ourselves!”). The colloquium was attended by more than 200 people who discussed recent statements on Jewish-Christian relations. … [more]

"… he keeps faith forever." (Psalm 146:6)

Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany | 01.12.2016

Declaration of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany in its 3rd Session. … [more]

Martin Luther and the Jews. A necessary reminder on the occasion of the Reformation anniversary

Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) | 01.03.2016

Declaration, adopted during the 2nd session of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), 8 to 11 November 2015, Bremen … [more]




Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (50)

Promoting Peace in the Face of Violence in the Name of Religion

Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission | 01.01.2017

14th Meeting: Rome, November 28 – 30, 2016. Joint Statement as follows: … [more]

A Process of Mutual Empowerment

ICCJ | 01.10.2016

In response to a recent WCC-NCCC press release on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the ICCJ publishes the open letter "A Process of Mutual Empowerment". … [more]

Celebrating and Deepening the New Christian-Jewish Relationship

ICCJ | 01.09.2015

A Statement from the International Council of Christians and Jews on the Golden Jubilee of the Second Vatican Council Declaration, Nostra Aetate 2015 ICCJ Annual Conference in Rome … [more]




Statements | Jewish (14)

Between Jerusalem and Rome - כלל ופרט בין ירושלים לרומי

The Conference of European Rabbis[*] and The Rabbinical Council of America[**] | 01.02.2017

The Shared Universal and the Respected Particular. Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate. … [more]

To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians

| 01.01.2016

After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era. … [more]

Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood

Jean-François Bensahel, Philippe Haddad, Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, and Franklin Rausky | 01.12.2015

On November 23, 2015 at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris, the "Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood," signed by various persons of the French Jewish world (Jean-François Bensahel, Rabbi Philippe Haddad, Rabbi Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, Franklin Rausky), was presented by the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. An unofficial English translation of the statement follows.[more]




Statements | Ecumenical (21)

The Kairos Palastine Document

| 01.08.2010

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God's divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God's love for all, the mystery of God's divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging - a word of faith, hope and love. … [more]

Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

World Counil of Churches (WCC) | 06.09.2009

1. While the decision of the United Nations (UN) of 1947 (Resolution 181) to establish two states in the land of Palestine was partially achieved with the creation of the state of Israel, the second part of this resolution is still waiting for realization: the establishment of a Palestinian state. … [more]

Holocaust/Shoah: Its Effects on Christian Theology and Life in Argentina and Latin America

First Symposium of Christian Theology, Buenos Aires, May 17, 200 | 07.06.2006

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Statements | Roman Catholic (57)

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Delegation of Rabbis for the Presentation of the Statement "Between Jerusalem and Rome"

Pope Francis | 01.09.2017

Address given in Rome, Vatican, at August 31, 2017. … [more]

The future depends on the encounter of religions and cultures

Pope Francis | 01.06.2017

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the participants in the International Peace Conference, Al-Azhar Conference Centre, Cairo, Friday, 28 April 2017. … [more]

Anti-Semitism contrary to Christian principles

Pope Francis | 01.03.2017

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the delegation of the "Anti-Defamation-League", Vatican, Thursday, 9 February 2017. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (161)

Some brief remarks on the overall direction of Christian-Jewish relations and the mission of the ICCJ

Philip A. Cunningham | 01.09.2017

Farewell address of ICCJ's outgoing President during the closing dinner of the 2017 annual conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), Bonn, Germany, July 5, 2017. [more]

Responsibility of Religions for Peace

Sigmar Gabriel | 01.06.2017

Opening Statement by Germany's Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the Conference on the "Responsibility of Religions for Peace", May 22, 2017. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (118)

The Relevance of Tradition and Change for Interreligious Dialogue: A Jewish Perspective

Rabbi Abraham Skorka | 01.09.2017

Address given during the opening event of ICCJ's annual conference, Bonn, Germany, July 2, 2017.[more]

The Seelisberg Legacy and Education

Nike Snijders | 01.09.2017

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Seelisberg Emergency Conference on Antisemitism. In 1947, much of the initial framework for international interreligious dialogue between Christians and Jews was established. … [more]

Commemorating the Seelisberg Conference 1947

Anette Adelmann; ICCJ General Secretary | 01.09.2017

Seventy years ago today ICCJ's founding conference ended in Seelisberg with groundbreaking results still applicable in our times. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (155)

The Return of the Wandering Jew: The State of Israel as a Theological Challenge for Jewish-Christian Relations

Peter Colwell* | 01.06.2017

Subsequent the third contribution of a series of articles (for part one see here, and part two here) that features a dozen Christian and Jewish theologians reflecting on the state of Jewish-Christian relations today and whether there exists a “special relationship” between the two religious traditions. The articles were first published in CURRENT DIALOGUE No. 58, 2016, edited by the World Council of Churches and are republished with kind permission.
JCR … [more]

Judaism as Sui Generis for Christians and Part of the Wider Dialogue

Patrick Morrow* | 01.05.2017

Subsequent the second contribution of a series of articles (for part one see here) that features a dozen Christian and Jewish theologians reflecting on the state of Jewish-Christian relations today and whether there exists a “special relationship” between the two religious traditions. The articles were first published in CURRENT DIALOGUE No. 58, 2016, edited by the World Council of Churches and are republished with kind permission.
JCR … [more]

Is there a Special Relationship between Christianity and Judaism?

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | 02.04.2017

During the next couple of months JCR presents a series of articles that features a dozen Christian and Jewish theologians reflecting on the state of Jewish-Christian relations today and whether there exists a “special relationship” between the two religious traditions. The articles were first published in CURRENT DIALOGUE No. 58, 2016, edited by the World Council of Churches and are republished with kind permission.
JCR … [more]




Statements | Orthodox (3)

To Recognize Christ in His People: Declaration by a Round Table of Eastern Orthodox Priests and Cultural Representatives

| 01.06.2007

Twelve Eastern Orthodox priests and lay leaders from Greece, Georgia, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine issued this statement at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Jerusalem, April 20-24, 2007. … [more]

Statement by Metropolitan Yuvenali (Russian Orthodox Church)
on the Alleged "Ritual" Nature of the Murder of the Royal Family

Metropolitan Yuvenali | 01.06.2005

In its historical analysis of the Ekaterinburg tragedy, the Commission could not avoid dealing with the question of the so-called ritual murder of the royal family, which continues to be the subject of press articles. … [more]

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Regarding Anti-Semitic Posters

| 01.05.2005

Upon learning the facts with regard to the anti-Semitic posters and graffiti that appeared in Belgrade on March 22 of this year, as well as of earlier, similar and in some cases even more blatant, inhumane and malicious demonstrations of prejudice and intolerance toward the Jewish people, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, convened today, March 24, in prayerful memory of the innocent victims of the bombing by the NATO alliance, wishes to communicate the following … [more]




Statements | Interreligious (5)

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East

| 01.01.2017

Declaration of the Spain Summit for Religious Peace in the Middle East … [more]

International Abrahamic Forum condemns German ban on circumcision

International Abrahamic Forum | 10.07.2012

The International Abrahamic Forum is deeply concerned by the recent ban on circumcision by the court in Cologne, Germany. … [more]

Resolution

ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum | 01.11.2011

At its meeting held January 2011 in the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, Germany, the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews, implementing the decision taken by the 2010 ICCJ Annual General Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, decided to renew its commitment to the Jewish-Christina-Muslim dialogue. During a trilateral consultation, held in Berlin, December 2010, the following proposition was drafted, with which the ICCJ Executive Board unanimously agreed. … [more]

Reports

Using the power of religions to foster peace

The Federal Foreign Office wants to work more closely with faith communities. A conference in Berlin (May 22/23, 2017) marked the start of this initiative. ... [more]