CCJ SW London and Dittons Branch event with Giles Fraser
On 11 October 2021 Giles Fraser, former Canon Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral, will be addressing the South West London & Dittons branch at 19.30. He will be talking about his life as well as his recently published book ‘Chosen: Lost and Found Between Christianity and Judaism’
Giles’s is a unique background, his roots are Jewish; the family having come from the Russian Pale of Settlement, his great-uncle, got an education and became a successful and loved rabbi. But as Jewry as a whole in the 19th century assimilated and adopted the style and pattern of Anglicanism, so his own family became so assimilated that his father was baptised, though apparently without the least religious conviction. In due course, Fraser himself developed a deep Christian conviction and became ordained.
In 2011 he became front-page news. St Paul’s Cathedral was surrounded by scores of Occupy demonstrators. The City of London wanted to evict and sought the permission of the dean and canons, leading to the eviction of the demonstrators. Giles resigned on the grounds that the church should not use force to defend its buildings, especially when the cause of the protesters was such a just one, following which his life fell apart but then he married an Israeli and was welcomed into her family in Israel. He has not ceased to be a priest and is the vicar of a parish in south London.
In all likelihood the talk will be live, but only for 50 participants, with provision for the event to be available on zoom and u-tube.
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