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 rigour, combined with energetic discussion, study groups and socialising, fosters mutual appreciation of the treasures of each other’s cherished faith traditions.
The theme for this year’s study weekend will be ‘Seek peace and pursue it’ (Psalm 34:14). Our world is full of strife and division between communities, nations and faiths, and religion is often held to blame for some of that animosity. Yet our scriptures bid us to make peace, to forgive and seek reconciliation. How can we transform the energy in our faith communities to bring healing, justice and peace to the troubled areas of our world?
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 Alliance UK, Chairman of the Scriptural Reasoning Society and a Governor of the Ammerdown Centre.
Sr 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 too is a Trustee of the Ammerdown Centre.
* A 5% discount will be given to people booking for both the Study Weekend and the Study Week (see below). In addition, Ammerdown is offering the special rate of £50 for Supper Bed and Breakfast on the Sunday evening for those staying over in order to take part in the Study Week.