At our next gathering – on Monday 4th July – Rev. Dr Lorraine Parkinson will consider the question Why did the Church reject Jesus’ own people? and provide an answer via an exploration of the relationships between Christians and Jews over two millennia.
Lorraine is a retired ordained Minister of the Uniting Church, with a Doctorate in Biblical Studies and Early Judaism. She worked for 30 years in the area of interfaith relations, particularly those between Christians and Jews. She was Chair of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania’s Working Group on Christian-Jewish Relations for 12 years, and a member of the National Dialogue between the Uniting Church Assembly and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry for 10 years. Lorraine majored in Jewish Studies in an Arts Degree at Melbourne University, which included two years of studying antisemitism and the Holocaust.
Her presentation will be illustrated by slide images and there will certainly be opportunities for small group discussion of questions. All participants will receive a summary of the Uniting Church Assembly’s official policy statement regarding its relationship with Jews and Judaism.
This is not an old issue that is no longer relevant to the life of the church in the 21st century – the central issues between Jews and Christians still exist in 2022.
All are welcome – we’ll gather in the Activities Room at the Azure Blue Retirement complex (91 Anzac Ave., Redcliffe) at 6 p.m. for a cuppa and chat prior to the start of proceedings at 6:30. The Centre management requires that we’re all fully Covid-vaccinated, and if you have any Covid or flu-like symptoms you’re encouraged to stay at home. If you’d like to come along but aren’t a regular at our gatherings it would be advisable to give me a call on 0401 513 723 about access and parking arrangements at the Centre.