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Click here to see an article about FAITH NOT FAULT in the Woodstock Times on January 24, 2013.

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Click here to see an article about FAITH NOT FAULT in the Woodstock Times on June 20, 2013.

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The Episcopal Church held its triennial General Convention in July 2012.  Here is a resolution, with accompanying background, from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, addressing Christian Anti-Judaism.

Project Chair: Louis Weil
Resolution 2009-A089 directed the Commission to continue to “collect, develop, and disseminate materials to assist members of the Church to address Christian anti-Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.” Members of the Commission engaged in serious discussion concerning the most effective means to respond to this resolution. It was felt that the idea of a pamphlet on this subject would not gain the desired attention among Church members, and there was concern that this work not be trivialized with an inadequate response.

Professor Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific was invited to the Commission’s October 2010 meeting, to share the substantial work he has done on the problem of anti-Judaism in Christian history. He offered an insightful critique of the development of supersessionism which has dominated the attitude of Christians generally toward the Jews, the view that the Church has replaced Israel as God’s chosen people. His critique has now been prepared as an essay which the Commission plans to share more generally with members of the Church via the internet during the next triennium.

In the coming triennium, the Commission plans to focus attention on the problematic passages in Scripture which have been used to fuel anti-Judaism, primarily those passages which occur in the Lectionary and most particularly in the readings and rites of Holy Week and Easter. Our intention is to prepare commentaries on these problematic passages as an aid to sermon preparation. In support of that work, the Commission has also asked the Consultation on Common Texts to address Christian anti-Judaism in its development of resources for the Revised Common Lectionary.

Resolution A058 Continue Addressing Christian Anti-Judaism

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 77th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue to collect, review, and disseminate materials to address Christian anti-Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.

Explanation
This resolution asks the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue work first directed in Resolution 2006-C001, calling for “materials to assist members of the Church to address anti-Jewish prejudice expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.”

Several other resolutions may find their way to a commission.  One deals with changing the wording of various hymns, hymns that lend themselves to charges of deicide or support supersessionism.

Another would add Norman A. Beck’s The New Testament to the list of approved translations for use in the Sunday liturgy.  This translation is particularly sensitive to removing anti-Jewish polemic from the texts.

A third would require the Canonical Examinations to include demonstrating an awareness of: the history of Christian/Jewish relations; also the Church’s new theological understanding of Christian/Jewish relations.