This initiative aims to encourage the Jewish community to engage in prayer and spiritual reflection on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, extending the circle of spiritual engagement from the Christian community into the Jewish community and beyond. In conjunction with our Still An Issue initiative raising awareness of antisemitism and encouraging a response within the Christian community, we are bringing the communities closer together through profound engagement with one another’s key issues.
The spiritual engagement on this issue will be centred around the month of August, providing a focal point for the response, but we expect and intend the initiative to continue beyond this with further engagement throughout the year. A nationwide response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the initiative is endorsed by our Presidents from across the Christian and Jewish spectrums.
To provide a springboard for prayer and other forms of spiritual reflection, we have created a general resource with information about Christians in the Middle East and ideas for personal and communal responses. This is supplemented by resources written by individual rabbis that may be more appropriate for use in certain denominations that also provide a more personal response to this issue. All of these resources can be found here.
To gain as detailed a picture as possible of engagement across the country, we are asking participating individuals and organisations to tell us about how they are getting involved, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in the form here.
There are plenty of ways for individuals or communities to engage in the initiative, either separately or coming together. You could:
- Arrange a reciprocal visit between the local Church and Synagogue
- Hold a cross-communal vigil, potentially in conjunction with the local CCJ branch
- Host a joint educational event with a speaker on this issue
For more ideas or for recommendations for speakers on this topic, please contact email@example.com.