Please arrive by 6pm on
Friday. Course ends with lunch on
Meanings of Messiah
This annual weekend and the study
week that follows aim to take topics relevant to both Christians and Jews and
consider them from both faith perspectives. Scriptural themes, as well as
social and ethical issues, are explored. Academic rigor, combined with energetic discussion, study groups and socializing,
fosters mutual appreciation of the treasures of each others cherished faith
The theme for this year’s weekend will be
‘Meanings of Messiah’. Both Jews and Christians speak of the Messiah as God’s
anointed redeemer, but do they mean the same thing? We will explore through
text and discussion the many different understandings among both Jews and
Christians of the concepts of Messiah, Christ, and the Messianic Age.
Visions of Redemption 15 - 19 August
Christians and Jews look forward to a
better future for humanity, but they do so using many different symbols and
images: the World to Come, the Kingdom of Heaven, the New Jerusalem, the
Messianic Age of justice and peace when God will be one and known as one. What
do these mean, and how much depends on God, how much on
us, for the fulfilment of these visions? During this week we will explore our
hopes for the world through our texts and traditions.
Margaret Shepherd is a Sister of Sion. Formerly the
Director of The Council of Christians and Jews, she continues her involvement
in Christian Jewish relations and teaches the Bible. She is a Member of the
R.C. Bishops’ Committee for Catholic Jewish Relations and the Executive
Committee for the London Society of Jews and Christians. She is a Trustee
of the Ammerdown Centre.
Rabbi Mark Solomon is Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism, Rabbi of the
Edinburgh and Manchester Liberal Jewish Communities, and Lecturer in Talmud at Leo Baeck
College. He is
Co-Chairman of the London Society of Jews and Christians and of the Interfaith
Chairman of the Scriptural Reasoning Society and a Trustee of the Ammerdown Centre.