In this anniversary year of the signing of the Balfour Declaration, and in the spirit of dialogue which is characteristic of the Cuthman Lectures, we are pleased to have been able to attract two speakers who can look at the Israeli-Palestinian issue taking full note of the religious dimensions of the conflict.
The first lecture will be on Wednesday 14th November 2018 when the Rev Brian Brown will speak on: ‘Israel - The Promised Land - 100 years on from the Balfour Declaration’. Rev Brian Brown, South African by birth, was deputy director of the ecumenical Christian Institute when it and its officers were banned by South Africa’s apartheid regime. With his family, he sought sanctuary in Britain in 1978 where he served the British Churches in regard to international affairs and developments in Africa in particular. His recent autobiography, ‘Born to be Free: The Indivisibility of Freedom’, describes the nature of apartheid’s racist dispossession and the measures used to end it, while reflecting on how aspects of current Israeli policy replicate apartheid.
On Tuesday 5th February, Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok, will speak on 'The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: Is it Insoluble?'.Professor Cohn-Sherbok was born in Denver, Colorado. He is a Reform Rabbi and Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales and one of the leading Jewish academic writers in the UK. He has written extensively on Jewish thinking and history, including the history of Zionism and strongly advocates the right of the State of Israel to exist. A recent book (co-authored with Dawoud El-Alami) is The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: A Beginner's Guide (Revised and updated edition 2015)
Both lectures will be held in The Penfold Hall, Church Street, Steyning, BN44 3YB. They start at 7.30pm. There will be a retiring collection to help defray costs. All are welcome.