Still reeling from the shock, terror and trauma of the Holocaust, Christians began the painful but much needed task of re-visioning their historic relationship with the Jewish people, renouncing the ‘teaching of contempt’ and recognising the disastrous effects of supersessionism.
In the summer of 1947, 65 Jews and Christians from 19 countries gathered in Seelisberg, Switzerland. They came together to express their profound grief over the Holocaust, their determination to combat antisemitism, and their desire to foster stronger relationships between Jews and Christians. They denounced antisemitism both as a sin against God and humanity and as a danger to modern civilization. And to address these vital concerns, they issued a call in the form of 10 points to Christian churches to reform and renew their understandings of Judaism and the relationships between Judaism and Christianity.
The Seelisberg Conference (International Conference of Christians and Jews) was an international conference that took place…
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