*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Controversy over EAPPI rumbles on

19 April 2013

SARAH MALIAN/CHRISTIAN AID

Observer: an "ecumenical accompanier" monitors the Qalandiya between Jerusalem and Ramallah

Observer: an "ecumenical accompanier" monitors the Qalandiya between Jerusalem and Ramallah

THE controversy over the General Synod's decision last year to support a private members' motion endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) continues. More than 280 people have signed a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressing "deep concern" over comments he made to a Jewish newspaper last month.

Archbishop Welby told The Jewish News that he wished he had voted against the motion rather than abstaining, saying: "I think the situation in the Holy Land is so complicated . . . and I don't think the motion adequately reflected the complexity" ( News, 28 March).

The campaigners' letter states: "The main criticism that was levelled against EAPPI before the vote was . . . that it created 'a cohort of very partisan but very motivated anti-Israel advocates who have almost no grasp of the suffering of normal Israelis'. However, EAPPI seeks a just solution to the problems in the Holy Land."

On Tuesday, the Revd Stephen Sizer, Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, said that the letter was intended to be "conciliatory". "We genuinely want to advocate for EAPPI. We fear they have been misunderstood by the Archbishop, or those who advise him."

Speaking about Archbishop Welby's planned visit to the Holy Land in June, Mr Sizer said he hoped that he would be "an advocate for the Church in Israel and Palestine".

Lambeth Palace said that they would not comment on the letter "at this stage".

Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets

 

19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)