By Jeanette Stephen
The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, Bishop Suheil Dawani was jointly welcomed to Dulwich Hill’s Holy Trinity Church yesterday by community leaders from Christian, Greek Orthodox and Islamic sectors.
The Right Reverend Bishop Dawani visited the local church as part of an Australian itinerary that will also take him to Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra.
Appointed last year to the role, the Bishop has adopted a proactive policy of taking his message of interfaith peace and reconciliation to countries around the world.
“Our main focus is education because we believe we have to educate our children to accept each other”, the Bishop told the Valley Times.
“It’s a process that comes through the children. We have to promote peace education”
Yesterday afternoon, the Palestinian cleric was treated to an afternoon tea within the church grounds, an even also attended by members of the Christian and Islamic communities.
“Bishop Suheil is a Palestinian, and is a man who has worked hard to bring together Christians, Muslims and Jews within his own country”, said Reverend Dave Smith from the Holy Trinity Church.
“It is a great privilege to be playing host to a man who exercises spiritual authority in one of the most volatile areas of our world, and I’m glad to say that everyone in our community seems keen to meet him.”
Bishop Dawani is traveling with the Dean of St George’s College in Jerusalem, Dr Stephen Need.
The visit was organized by the Anglican Board of Mission – the national mission agency of the Anglican Church of Australia.