On Sunday January 10 2016 the Epiphany Agreement was signed in St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem by the Archbishop of Dublin and the Archbishop of Jerusalem.
The Epiphany Agreement commits to developing a link relationship of equal partners between the two dioceses which is sustainable, practical, effective, mutually supportive and mutually enriching.The aim of the link is to strengthen mission and evangelism in the church communities in both dioceses, to increase awareness between the dioceses of their solidarity in the cause of Christ, to respect and learn of and from each other’s cultural heritage and to enable the world to recognize more clearly God’s mission.The Jerusalem Link has its roots in the Diocesan Prepare a Place Appeal which raised over €180,000 for the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, which is run by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. The funds were used to improve facilities for on–call staff and install solar panels to ensure a more secure electricity supply for the hospital. This will reduce the hospital’s dependence on expensive generators which are needed as Gaza’s public electricity supply remains very limited.
In December 2016 Archbishop Suheil Dawani and his Chaplain, Canon David Longe, visited Dublin & Glendalough as part of the link. They visited locations throughout Dublin & Glendalough providing a picture of what life is like for Christians in the Land of the Holy One.
As part of the link, a study designed to broaden our knowledge of life in our partner diocese and gain an understanding of the issues of the region was undertaken last year and it is hoped to run it again in the dioceses. Facilitated by the Revd Dr William Olhausen, the study is based on ‘Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land’, a document written to enable Anglicans across the Communion to engage more deeply with, and to become more informed about, the issues surrounding the situation in the Holy Land. In this video William talks about the course:
A Diocesan Pilgrimage is planned to the Diocese of Jerusalem for November 2017. Currently, the likely departure date is Friday November 3, returning on Tuesday November 14. If you would like to register your interest, please contact Ken Rue on 087–firstname.lastname@example.org, William Olhausen on 01–email@example.com or Linda Chambers on 086 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation will be in Amman, Nazareth and Bethlehem (where it may include family hospitality). Many of the key holy sites will be visited. There will also be engagement with local Christians and a number of Anglican churches will be on the itinerary. Sunday morning worship will be in Amman on the first Sunday and in St George’s Cathedral on the second Sunday. There will also be opportunities to reflect on life in the Middle East, including a visit to a refugee camp. It is hoped to offer a mix of tourism, friendship and understanding of the local culture and of the contemporary situation.
The link is coordinated by Dublin and Glendalough’s Council for Mission. The Diocese of Jerusalem covers Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Watch the Epiphany Agreement video
For updates on the Link and from the Diocese of Jerusalem see the Jerusalem Link Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JerusalemLink/