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7 January 2019, 10:00am to 7 January 2019, 4:30pm
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Join us for a workshop to help faith communities respond to the contemporary crises of democracy.

Last year, the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) and Cumberland Lodge jointly published a study guide to accompany Amy Buller’s Darkness over Germany.

Moral and Spiritual Dilemmas in Challenging Times encourages communities to reflect on the context of the 1930s and on contemporary issues of populism, nationalism, and extremism. It can be downloaded here.

We are once again partnering with CCJ to bring together faith representatives, emerging leaders, community groups, students and other organisations to address current, faith-based challenges to the dangers of populism, extremism and nationalism around the world.

Delegates will explore case studies of how faith communities are already tackling on democracy and civic engagement issues.

The aim of the discussions will be to bring people of different backgrounds and perspectives together to exchange views and learn from one another, to help inspire faith communities in these efforts going forward.


Introductory address: 

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi to Masorti Judaism


Charlotte Knobloch, former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany 

Panel discussions:

Identity and integration: Sughra Ahmed, Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University

Inequality/living standards: Rosemary Nuamah Williams, Social and Public Affairs Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Social media and online extremism: Revd Bruce Thompson, Chair of the Lincolnshire Methodist District

Faith and public sphere: Kishan Manocha, Senior Adviser on FoRB, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

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CCJ was founded in 1942, by Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz and Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, among others, in the midst of growing awareness of the Holocaust and rising antisemitism in the UK.

Since then, CCJ has established itself as the leading nationwide forum for Jewish-Christian engagement.

Learning resources

Learning from this event will be shared in due course on our Read, Watch, Listen webpages, to reach a wider audience.


Attendance at some of our events is by 'invitation only' because places are limited, and we aim to ensure a balanced and diverse representation of backgrounds and perspectives to enhance the quality of our dialogue and debate. To register an interest in any of the events taking place, please contact our Programme Department at or call 01784 497796.

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