The Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av: From Lament to Consolation

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  The process of grief follows its own rules: shock and numbness, grief and anger, sadness and resignation and back again to incredulity and grief.  We face our losses in different ways, both according to our temper and the triggers that unconsciously give expression to our heartache and sorrow. Such pain and anguish are unprescribed, unanticipated;… Read more »

CCJ Statement on Wiley

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The Council of Christians and Jews unequivocally condemns the offensive and dangerous tweets from Wiley on Twitter. Since CCJ was founded in 1942 it has been part of our core mission to speak out and fight against antisemitism. As Christians and Jews we now call on Twitter to act swiftly to block antisemitism and all… Read more »

CCJ Statement on Family Reunion

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The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) is deeply concerned that the amendment to The Immigration Bill (NC29) which would have protected the current system for family reunion has not been passed. This decision undermines the right for unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their family. There is a strong risk that this will push many vulnerable children into the hands… Read more »

A reflection on the CCJ Presidents’ “Pilgrimage in Lockdown”

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The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Chair of CCJ, writes:  For me as a Christian, the discipline of pilgrimage speaks to the interior journey of the heart as much as to any physical travel or destination. Within the constrained and confined spaces that we have been subject to under lockdown, this idea of pilgrimage… Read more »

Refugees Welcome: a blog for Refugee Week

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Rev Heston Groenewald, Vicar of All Hallows Church, Leeds, and recipient of the 21 for 21 award for his work with refugees, writes: All Hallows Leeds, like many other churches, synagogues and mosques, welcomes refugees and asylum seekers with open arms. This is not a ‘program’ or slick, organised church ministry; it looks more like… Read more »