E.C.A.J. (Executive Council of Australian Jewry)
27 November 2001
|… Let the other define himself (herself)|
|… Compare equal with equal|
|… Cultivate 'holy envy' - finding in the other something beautiful, but not yours.|
"We have to keep returning constantly to such guidelines", he said.
"As a result, we have had some major breakthroughs in expressing ourselves with great candour and feeling - on such sensitive issues as the stalled peace process in the Holy Land."
Jones and Bodycomb noted: "We are constantly aware that dialogue is about process as much as it is about content". "Only as we hold to certain rules of dialogue is it possible to achieve anything of value", they said.
"The Dialogues are a unique opportunity for senior representatives of the Jewish community and the Uniting Church to discuss, fully and openly, matters of great concern to each and both of us", Jones added.
The November 2001 Dialogue covered a range of subjects, including the way in which Israel and related issues are understood within the Australian community, the antisemitic content of the NGO Forum of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban this year, the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist incidents and
the responsibility of Jews and Christians in the wake of that tragedy, and the determining of a set of objectives for the Dialogue for future years.
"There are a number of matters of national importance on which Jews and Christians can present a united front", Bodycomb and Jones said.
The group has scheduled meetings for May and November 2002 with contact and mutual activity on social justice issues to continue between formal meetings.
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