Earlier this month the Archbishop of Canterbury led a retreat to Auschwitz-Birkenau for three days of prayer and theological and scriptural reflection. The Archbishop was accompanied by members of the learning community – clergy from across the Church participating in continuing professional development and senior leadership training. The group gathered to consider the issues of human evil; how we recognise it and how we respond.
On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day we publish here a series of reflections from members of the learning community. Some of the reflections focus on theology, others on grief and anger, all struggle with the questions of evil, its dehumanising impact, the capacity for humans to visit unspeakable evil upon one another and the systemised, intentional horror evoked by Auschwitz.
Reflections from members of the learning community: