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Motion ref. S5M-00940

Scotland’s Jewish Community and the Church of Scotland to Work More Closely Together

Submitted by: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Jackie Baillie, Jackson Carlaw, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Ross Greer, Emma Harper, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, John Lamont, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Michael Russell, Ross Thomson, David Torrance, Andy Wightman

That the Parliament welcomes the agreement between the Jewish community in Scotland and the Church of Scotland to establish a concentrated dialogue between their two communities; understands that this will include discussions on possible collaboration between the groups in areas such as shared social action, theological similarities and differences, anti-Semitism and joint action to respond to it, education and geopolitical matters that affect Jewish-Christian relations, such as Israel and Palestine; further understands that the group will have around 10 members representing a wide range of views within these communities, seeking to address issues such as those coming from the publication of The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the ‘promised land’ and the Church of Scotland’s involvement in the Balfour Project, which led to a strain in the relationship, and welcomes the move to re-establish a close rapport between the Church of Scotland and Scotland’s Jewish community.