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Inter Religious Dialogue

Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre is currently involved in Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Jewish dialogues. The latter was initiated in 2010; the former has been underway for many years.

Metro Vancouver Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Iona Pacific participates in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue co-sponsored by Vancouver School of Theology and the Canadian Jewish Congress. This Dialogue has been underway for about a decade and is co-convened by the Rev. Dr. Richard Leggett (Vancouver School of Theology) and Rabbi Philip Bregman (Rabbinical Association of Vancouver). The following statement about the Metro Vancouver Jewish-Christian Dialogue is provided to us by the Rev. Dr. Richard Leggett:

“The Metro Vancouver Jewish-Christian Dialogue is a group of lay and ordained Jewish and Christian colleagues who have met together for the last ten years under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress – Pacific Region and Vancouver School of Theology. We are committed to tikkun olam, the ‘healing of creation’, and believe that this healing requires a respectful dialogue between Jews and Christians that does not avoid our differences but seeks to understand the other tradition by embodying a dialogue that is shaped

  • by a humility that is ready to see God at work in the other, rather than just in our own tradition;
  • by a generosity that gives the best interpretation to what others are trying to articulate rather than the worst; and
  • by a hospitality that ensures that the inter-faith community we are nurturing is one in which people feel safe to express what

God has laid on their heart rather than what they think they need to say in order to qualify for membership. [See Note below.]
We recognize that our aspirations to humility, generosity and hospitality are not always met in our reality, but they continue to shape our engagement with each other and with areas of common interest and concern. As Jews and Christians we find inspiration in the words of the prophet Micah: ‘[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ ” (Micah 6.8 NRSV)

[Note: These qualities are adapted from Gregory Cameron's contribution to The Anglican Covenant, a collection of essays edited by Mark Chapman in 2008.]

Metro Vancouver Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Iona Pacific participates in a newly convened Muslim-Jewish Dialogue. The co-conveners are Dr. Aziz Khaki (President, Pacific Interfaith Citizenship Association; President, Committee for Racial Justice) and Rabbi Philip Bregman of Temple Sholom, Vancouver (President, Rabbinical Association of Vancouver).