JCM Conference 2023 50 years of JCM: Have we failed God? Interreligious dialogue as a Response to a Broken World
13 - 19 February 2023 Haus Wasserburg, Vallendar
In the 1960’s, in the shadow of the Holocaust, Rabbi Lionel Blue and Pastor Winfried Maechler met and decided to establish a Jewish-Christian collaboration in an attempt to facilitate reconciliation between students and future leaders of both communities in Germany and England. This took the form of an annual conference in Germany. Soon after it was decided to broaden the scope of the conference to include the three monotheistic religions. With the first Muslim group joining in 1972, JCM conference was born. As we look back at 50 years of encounter and dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims, we are painfully confronted with growing populisms, totalitarianism, human rights abuses, war crimes, abuse of the natural world and the use of religion to justify the unjustifiable. In this year‘s conference, we will ask ourselves what have we done as religious people in dialogue, what could we have done, and what should we do now and in the future to heal our broken world.
JCM Conference 2022 Stewards of the Earth - Religious Responses to Climate Change and its Consequences
21 - 27 February 2022 Haus Wasserburg, Vallendar
We live in a time when the destructive effects on nature are becoming ever more severe: polluted water, melting glaciers, oceans polluted with plastics, coral reefs bleached by over-acidic seas. Agricultural land is degrading gradually due to non-sustainable use, unhealthy eating habits, exploitative mining for resources, deforestation, desertification and erosion. Worldwide carbon emissions continue to increase, leading to an accumulation of greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere and effects on the climate. Numerous scientists and researchers warn that we could be the last generation able to reverse the trend. If we miss our opportunity, we will reach a point of no return. As people of faith, we believe that humans have been given the task to be stewards of the earth.
The 49th Jewish-Christian-Muslim conference addressed the question how individuals of the three faiths are inspired by their religious traditions to advocate for climate justice and the protection of creation and thus allow for the sustainable use of the riches and resources of the Earth.