New Zealand Council of Christians and Jews

The New Zealand Council of Christians and Jews is one of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations world-wide, brought together under the umbrella of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). The ICCJ member organisations have over the past five decades been successfully engaged in the historic renewal of Jewish-Christian relations. The ICCJ was founded as a reaction to the Holocaust, the Shoah, in the awareness that ways must be found to examine the deeply engrained roots of mistrust, hatred and fear that culminated in one of the worst evils in human history.

In more recent years the ICCJ and its members have increasingly engaged in the Abrahamic dialogue: the encounter between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The ICCJ’s efforts to promote Jewish-Christian dialogue provide models for wider interfaith relations, particularly dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Through its annual conferences and other consultations the ICCJ offers a platform where people of different religious backgrounds examine current issues across national and religious boundaries, enabling face-to-face exchanges of experience and expertise.

The international headquarters of the ICCJ are located in the house where the great Jewish thinker Martin Buber lived until Nazi persecution forced him to flee Germany.

The New Zealand Council was established in 1991 by the Auckland (1986) and Wellington (1988) Councils. Councils hold regular local events to discuss aspects of each others religions, points of common interest and joint programmes of action. The co-presidents of the New Zealand Council are Professor Paul Morris and Rev Dr Tony Stroobant. The Governor General is the Patron of the Council.

Project 2012
Christians and Jews Conference

The Council of Christians and Jews 2012 conference will be held in Wellington, 12-15 May at the Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb St.  The theme of the conference is “The 12 points of Berlin”, the charter for Jewish-Christian relations.

Guest Speakers include:

You can purchase tickets to the Conference online. For more information visit the Conference web page or contact David Moskovitz.

 

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