Elijah Interfaith
Summer School and Interreligious Leadership Seminar

Memory and the Religious Life

August 5th-16th, 2018

Jerusalem

Our unique combination of academic learning, shared spiritual experience and community-building, bringing together scholars, religious leaders and interfaith activists from around the world, prepares participants for dialogue at the highest level.
Praying Together in Jerusalem
Thursday, 28th June at 19:00, Jaffa Gate

Location

Beit Yosef, (Dormition Abbey), Mt Zion, Jerusalem
peta@elijah-interfaith.org

Time to Seminar:

Week 1, August 5th - 10th

Memory plays a key part in the religious life and in the creation of religious identity but the meaning of “memory” is different in each of the six religious traditions we will examine. By analysing the similarities and differences in the way that memory is understood and used, we will come to appreciate its significance as well as the challenges that come from conflicting memories.

Week 2, August 12th - 16th

Painful memories can impede our relationships. Conflicting memories are often the source of ongoing disagreement between religious communities.We will look for ways of healing memory and finding common ground to move forward despite our differences, indeed, honouring each other’s sacred memories.

Day 1
05 Aug 2018
Day 2
06 Aug 2018
Day 3
07 Aug 2018
Day 4
08 Aug 2018
Day 5
09 Aug 2018
Day 6
10 Aug 2018
Day 7
12 Aug 2018
Day 8
13 Aug 2018
Day 9
14 Aug 2018
Day 10
15 Aug 2018
Day 11
16 Aug 2018

Welcome & Intros

Explaining the choice and significance of the topic.  Participants’ introduction – each shares a significant memory along their spiritual path.
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Peta Jones Pellach

Brief introduction to Sikhism

Memory in Sikhism – taped interview.

Text-study (chevruta) – the Ardas

Video – Sikhs’ recitation Questions and discussion.

Prayers / Meditations

(outside, on Mt Zion)

Guru Nanak

Bibliodrama – a unique methodology to study sacred stories and enter into the lives of holy people
Peta Jones Pellach

Memory in Hinduism

taped interview
Dr Anantanand Rambachan

Text study (chevruta)

Hindu sacred sources on Memory

Guided text study

Hindu sacred sources on Memory
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Live discussion

(via Skype or Zoom) with Hindu and Sikh religious leaders

Prayers / Meditations

(outside, on Mt Zion)

Gather at Ecce Homo

Discussion and texts – especially the centrality of Al-Aqsa
Qadi Muhammad Abu Obied

Return to Mt Zion

Memory in Islam – taped interview.

Al-Ghazali: “Restoring the lost memory of tradition”

Bibliodrama – a unique methodology to study sacred stories and enter into the lives of holy people

Meeting at Ecce Homo

Walking meditation along via Dolorosa – stop at Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Memory in Christianity

Taped interview followed by discussion on interview and on texts

Panel

Representatives of different Christian churches – where our memories differ and where they are the same.

Meeting with Syriac religious leader

How memory is crafted and held in the local Christian community

Evening prayers

with Syriac community

Prayers / Meditations

(outside, on Mt Zion)

Guided text study

The Haggadah as a text on Jewish Memory

Guest lecture

Jewish Memory of God

Walk to the Kotel

Lecture / teaching – the Kotel in Jewish memory
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Memory in Buddhism

Taped interview, followed by texts study.

Memory in Buddhism

Text study (cont). Feedback.

Shabbat as memory

Text study and discussion as intro to dinners

Prayers / Meditations

(at Dormition)

Discussion on differences between Buddhism and the other traditions

How can Buddhism help us reframe some of our key questions?

Lecture

Difficult Memories and the Theory of Purifying Memory
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Case Study 1

How collective memories cause conflict – the case of Bosnia (and the hope for healing) by Skype

Case Study 2

How collective memories cause conflict – the case of India by Skype

Memory in civil religion

Mt Herzl as a sacred site
Peta Jones Pellach

Yad Vashem

the site
Peta Jones Pellach

Confronting difficult memories

What we make of what we have seen? Discussion

Memorialisation and remembering

The purpose of Yad Vashem

Text study

Narratives of Jerusalem in Poetry
Peta Jones Pellach

How collective memories cause conflict

The case of the Temple Mount (excerpts from taped presentation)

The Temple Mount

Are our different memories reconcilable?

Case Study: Rav Kook

Remembering Righteous People / Saints / Tsaddikim

Walk around MT Zion

Led by Muslim scholar

Text study Mt Zion

From 3 traditions (Dajani heritage, Dormition, Kever David)

Presentation

The “truth” about Mt Zion Mt Zion as shared sacred space
Doron Bar

Lecture

Reviewing the significance of what we have learnt about Mt Zion – memories can be constructed
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Peace-Makers and Memory-Healers in Jerusalem

An encounter with some of the key players in interreligious dialogue and peace-building.
Dr Debbie Weissman
Dr. Miriam Feldmann Kaye
Yehuda Stolov

Lecture (continues)

Synthesis of our learning
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Summary / Discussion

Memory is malleable: Constructing, healing and purifying memory. HOPE for Jerusalem.
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
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