|GUIDELINES FOR DISCUSSION|
Seven traits characterize an uncultivated person and seven a learned one.
A learned person does not begin speaking before one who is greater than he in wisdom or in years;
And the reverse of these characterize an uncultivated person.
Borough Park Symposium IV
The symposium covers a complex and emotionally-charged topic, and will go beyond earlier symposiums by including a panel discussion with non-Jewish observers, including Christian academics and both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In addition, we will stay together in one large group for Q&A and discussion after presentation, rather than breaking into small groups as we’ve done in past events. This will simplify the whole process, but present some challenges as well. To facilitate this large group discussion format, and to respond to the special dynamics of this topic, we present the following guidelines:
It’s good to recall the purpose statement issued at our first Symposium seven years ago:
The purpose of the Symposium is to provide a forum for members of the broader Messianic Jewish community to articulate their beliefs with an expectation that they will receive a respectful hearing, but without the expectation that agreement concerning these beliefs will be achieved. The Symposium is designed to provide an internal platform for leaders to better understand each another and the various positions held within the Messianic movement.
In addition it is hoped that the Symposium will facilitate ongoing theological discussion among members of the broader Messianic Jewish community and lead towards a greater mutual understanding within the movement, providing opportunities to deepen personal relationships and foster fellowship in the Messiah.