An Example of Loving Neighbor in Word and Deed: A Declaration by Malkhaz Songhulashvili

Being away at the time when this text of my friend Archbishop Malkhaz was posted on the IMES blog, I was not able to reblog it.
Here it is, now. It is worth reading.


The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

In July 2008, I was invited to attend and speak at the Yale “Common Word Conference: Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed.” The conference was organized in follow up of the Yale Response to the Common Word initiative of Prince Ghazi of Jordan. Some papers were later edited and published by Miroslav Volf, Ghazi bin Muhammad and Melissa Yarrington, in a book entitled  A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor, including my chapter entitled “Loving Neighbor in Word & Deed: What Jesus Meant.” One of the challenges I posed to my audience and readers was the following (p. 160):

“If a Christian is serious about seeking to implement the radical teaching of Jesus with regard to loving his or her neighbor (read ‘his or her conventional enemy’), what will that Christian do the next time he or she witnesses…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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