DUBLIN: (Christian Times) – In a speech to the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) on Wednesday, the Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson called for interfaith harmony as Britain celebrated 75 years of the same among the Christians and Jews living in the country today.
In the memory of the formation of CCJ, Britain’s oldest inter-faith organisation, Michael said that it was the need of the hour that we started loving and respecting ‘the other’. He said that the Jews and Christians had lived together in Europe for centuries and had been living in harmony. He said that it could not be forgotten however that bigotry and the hate for the other was a very ancient feature of the humankind and couldn’t be traced to the rise of social media but much behind in the history.
He said that the mass migrations during the recent years have yet again made it important for the people to understand each other and see the beauty of God and creation in the diversity of the beliefs that humans adhere to in the world today.
He said that inter-faith harmony could be found only by “finding the self in God and in the other”.
CCJ had been founded in 1942 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council and the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire as a response to the bigotry that the Nazi Germany had been displaying under Hitler against the Jewish community.
By the time this organisation was formed, the war had already been three years and Hitler and Germany had annexed vast lands to the East of Germany, making it easier for the racist regime to carry out its policies.
“Our original vision, challenging antisemitism and prejudice in whatever guise, and educating to improve relations within communities, is as relevant today as it was in 1942. This special anniversary will showcase the growth and importance of CCJ in every generation”, said that chairperson of CCJ Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Lichfield.