Holding Palestine in the Light – A Weekend of talks and events at Lichfield Cathedral

Tue, 04/10/2016 - 13:47

Lichfield Cathedral will be hosting a weekend of talks and events from 7th-9th October exploring the relationship between Palestine and Israel.  The weekend includes a range of talks by leading experts on Palestinian and Israel and will explore all sides of this complex issue. 

The legacy of the Second World War still has important consequences for the people of the Middle East.  In 1947/8 Britain was withdrawing from its Empire and freeing itself from many difficult colonial entanglements.  None was more complex than the situation in Palestine, which Britain had overseen since the early 1900’s and where two peoples had different claims on the historic lands of the Bible.

After the unimaginable horror of the persecution of the Jewish people in Europe over a long period of history, culminating in the genocide of the Holocaust, the idea of a Jewish homeland was compelling and won international backing in the years following the end of the Second World War. 

Yet from Biblical times, the same land had been occupied by indigenous people who had lived and prospered there for centuries, owning property and land and enjoying a particular way of life that respected the Christian and Muslim faith of most of the population.

The weekend is hosted by the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Diocesan Co-ordinator for the Friends of the Holy Land, who states ‘The coming of the state of Israel led to immediate conflict and the hostility of surrounding Arab states.  Since 1948 the question of how Israelis and Palestinians can equitably and honourably share the land and live in mutual peace and security remains unsettled. 

It has led to profound hurt, huge anxiety, repeated war and insecurity for Israelis and Palestinians alike. This weekend of events will explore how a path to lasting peace and security can be found, what we in the UK need to understand about the conflict and what the prospects are for a just peace.’

This weekend of talks and events will explore the post war legacy and impact in the Middle East, the effects of the conflict on Jewish/Christian relations and building peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Events will be held at Lichfield Cathedral and Wade Street Church commencing at 18.30 on Friday 7th October and will finish on Sunday 9th October.  More information is available at www.lichfield-cathedral.org.

Tickets are available from the Cathedral bookshop on 01543 306150 or by emailing shop@lichfield-cathedral.org.  

Tickets will also be available on the door for each event.