NZCCJ Conference 2012

The NZCCJ Conference 2012 aimed to develop a regional (Australia and New Zealand) response to the International Council of Christians and Jews Twelve points of Berlin, a charter for Jewish Christian relations.

Audio from the conference is now online:

Dr Deborah Weissman, ICCJ President’s opening address on The Twelve Points of Berlin

Dr Paul Morris’s response

Dr Marianne Dacy’s response

Specific responses by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups, led by Elizabeth Smaal, Janet Salek, Sultan Eusoff, and Murray Darroch

Guest Speakers:

Conference Programme

Saturday 12th May 7pm Welcome, conference opening, drinks and nibbles. Havdalah: Sam Hart


Sunday 13th May 8.30am Prayers
12noon Registration
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Prayers
2.00pm Keynote speech, Dr Debbie Weissman President ICCJ
Responses Professor Paul Morris
Dr Marianne Dacy
6.30pm Prayers
7.30pm Conference dinner Entertainment Rick Sahar


Monday 14th May 7.30am Prayers
9am Response groups Call to Christians: Convenor: Rev’d Dr Margaret Mayman
Call to Jews. Convenor: William Szekely
Call to others: Convenor: Sultan Eusoff
10.30am Coffee, snacks etc
11am Reconvene
12.30pm Lunch Lunch
1.30pm Reconvene
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4pm–6pm Plenary
6.00pm Prayers, thanks and farewells


Tuesday 15th May 7.30am Prayers
10.00am –12noon NZCCJ meeting with Australian guests


About the Twelve Points of Berlin

The International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) was established following the Holocaust to increase understanding between Christians and Jews. One of the founding documents of the ICCJ was the “Ten Points of Seelisburg” (1947), which outlined a path for future relations between Christians and Jews. In 2009, as the culmination of over 60 years of dialogue and debate, the ICCJ issued the “Twelve Points of Berlin” to recommit the religious communities to working together in the 21st century and beyond.

The document calls on Christians and Christian Communities to

  • combat religious, racial and all other forms of anti-Semitism
  • promote interreligious dialogue with Jews
  • develop theological understandings of Judaism that affirm its distinctive integrity
  • pray for the peace of Jerusalem

In the same vein, the document calls on Jews and Jewish Communities to

  • acknowledge the efforts of many Christian communities in the late 20th century to reform their attitudes toward Jews
  • re-examine Jewish texts and liturgy in the light of these Christian reforms
  • differentiate between fair-minded criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism
  • offer encouragement to the State of Israel as it works to fulfil the ideals stated in its founding documents, a task Israel shares with many nations of the world

The document also specifically invites Jews, Christians, Muslims and all people of faith and goodwill to respect each other and accept each other’s differences and dignity, and to:

  • enhance interreligious and intercultural education
  • promote interreligious friendship and cooperation as well as social justice in the global society
  • enhance dialogue with political and economic bodies
  • network with all those whose work responds to the demands of environmental stewardship