A Christian sermon for Holocaust Memorial Day

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Preached at Exeter Cathedral, Sunday 27th January 2019 Rob Thompson, Senior Programme Manager   Luke 4: 14-21 74 years ago Soviet troops liberated the concentration camps at Auschwitz. Today on the 27th January, on the anniversary of that liberation, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We do so to remember the 6 million Jews who were… Read more »

Holocaust Memorial Day and local communities

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Remarks given by Senior Programme Manager, Rob Thompson, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration 2019 It is a privilege to be able to share with you some of my experience of the impact of Holocaust Memorial Day in communities around the UK. I work for the Council of… Read more »

Tu BiShvat: Waiting for Spring

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Monday 21 January will be Tu BiShvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees. This day, a marker for calculating fruit tithes, could have been relegated to obscurity once most Jews were no longer involved in agriculture. But trees are a powerful symbol, and Tu BiShvat has been invested with new meanings over the years. The… Read more »

In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas in a time of challenge

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One of my favourite Christmas carols is In the Bleak Midwinter. As a hymn it contains none of the celebration of Joy to the World or the confidence of Hark the Herald Angels Sing or even perhaps the cultural popularity of Silent Night. It can, I think—particularly to Holst’s beautiful setting—be best described as mournful,… Read more »

On the 80th anniversaries of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport

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Two weeks ago I returned from Yad Vashem where every year, at the International School of Holocaust Studies, CCJ leads a seminar for Christian clergy and church leaders. I am delighted that so many participants from 12 seminars over 11 years have been able to attend our commemoration this morning. In their communities around the… Read more »