Together Before God

Author: Drew Christiansen

November 2, 2018

In this speech Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., addresses the status of Jerusalem in the context of Christian-Muslim relations. He decries the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the “eternal, united capital of Israel,” an act that dismisses the part the holy city plays in the spiritual heritage ofMuslims and Christians and devalues its biblical character as a city holy to the entire human race. Christiansen contends that as Muslims, Christians, and Jews attempt to address the injustices committed in the name of Jerusalem, advocating for the establishment, safeguarding, and defense of the human rights of all the residents of Jerusalem, they must do so as people who stand together before the one God. Christiansen offered the speech at the 20th International Conference of the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation, co-sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Know Thy Heritage.

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