We are a group of Presbyterian ministers and
laity, committed to positive, constructive respectful, and meaningful
relationships with Jews. Our commitment reflects deep personal
conviction and is the result of longstanding involvement in
interreligious activity. Indeed, PCJCR has been active for more
than twenty years and many of us have been involved helping
to shape our denomination's policies in this arena since 1980
and in some cases even longer.
We work in the spirit of the 1987 statement of principles approved
for study by the General Assembly of our Church: "A Theological
Understanding of the Relationship Between Christians and Jews."
That document articulates seven principles which we summarize
1. The God who addresses both Christians and Jews is the same.
2. The Church's identity is intimately related to the continuing
religious identity of the Jewish people.
3. We are willing to ponder with Jews the mystery of God's election
of both Jews and Christians to be a light to the nations.
4. As Christians we acknowledge that Jews are in covenant relationship
with God, and we explore the implications of this reality for
evangelism and witness.
5. As Christians we acknowledge in repentance the Church's complicity
in proliferation of anti-Jewish attitudes and actions, and we
work to put an end to the teaching of contempt for Jews.
6. We are willing to investigate the continuing significance
of the promise of "land," with its associated obligations, and
to explore the implications for Christian theology.
7. We act in hope, which we share with Jews, as we both await
the final manifestation of God's promise of the peaceable kingdom.
Based upon these principles, we are:
- working with others both within and outside
our denomination who seek to expand upon and deepen respectful,
honest dialogue between Christians and Jews.
- working with Jewish communities on projects
likely to deepen theological understanding of and appreciation
for both Judaism and Christianity.
- working with Jewish and other colleagues
to promote justice and peace both in the U.S. and abroad.
- encouraging our denomination to pursue
its historic commitment to a just and lasting peace in the
Middle East consistently, fairly and faithfully.
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