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Press Release: Joint Statement on Anglican General Synod Vote to Replace Prayer for Conversion of the Jews

Jul 18, 2019 | CIJA Publications, Press Releases

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July 18, 2019

Press Release: Joint Statement on Anglican General Synod Vote to Replace Prayer for Conversion of the Jews

VANCOUVER, BC —This week, the Anglican General Synod voted to delete a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer calling for the conversion of the Jews. The resolution seeks to replace the text with a prayer for reconciliation with the Jews, which asks forgiveness for acts of violence and prejudice committed by Christians against Jews. The resolution, which passed with nearly unanimous support, will proceed to the 2022 General Synod for ratification.

In response, Bishop Bruce Myers, on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued the following statement:

“It is significant and heartening that this initiative has received the overwhelming approval of all three orders of the General Synod: the laity, the clergy, and the bishops. I am deeply grateful to all of those who have been partners in helping develop this new prayer, particularly the Prayer Book Society of Canada and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus.

“Changing this prayer in our official liturgy book exhorts Anglican Christians to acknowledge and repent of the church’s participation in antisemitism, to stop singling out Jews as a target for our evangelistic efforts, and to assume a humble and reconciliatory stance with our Jewish elders in the faith. It also invites Anglicans to be ever mindful of Christianity’s deep Jewish roots.”

Rabbi Reuben Poupko, on behalf of the Executive of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus, issued the following statement:

“We commend the General Synod for taking this principled decision, which represents a milestone in Anglican-Jewish relations. We applaud those within the church who worked tirelessly to bring the new prayer to fruition, as well as Rabbi Adam Stein who presented at the General Synod on behalf of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus (CRC).

“The CRC was honoured to share insights and guidance with our Anglican friends as they developed this poignant new text. Replacing a prayer for conversion with one of reconciliation is especially meaningful given the current, global rise in antisemitism. In passing this resolution with near-unanimous support, the General Synod has sent a strong signal to the Jewish community that it stands with us against antisemitism – both past and present.”

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As an affiliate of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus is Canada’s only national body of rabbis from across the denominational spectrum.

 

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