The following is taken from the blog page of Revd. Martyn Atkins and Ruby Beech,

President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference in Great Britain.

 For the complete entry go to http://methodist-



Thursday, 13 March 2008

Interfaith seder style dinner in the House of Lords

I am now the proud owner of a new plate! (See left) The plates were specially made for a "Seder in Parliament" held last night in the House of Lords which was preceded by a reception held in the State Rooms of the Speaker's House in the House of Commons.

The event had been drawn together by a wide range of people including Mark Winer, the Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue and Robert Wright, the Speaker's Chaplain and a Canon of Westminster Abbey. The members of the West London Synagogue were hosting the dinner, led by Lord Mitchell.

There seemed to be well over 100 people sitting down to share in the Dinner, a mixture of Bishops and Imams and Rabbis and people from the Hindu community as well as MPs and Lords and lay people from different backgrounds. There was the odd Methodist or two - I spotted Baroness Richardson and managed to say hello at the Reception but we didn't see each other again after that.


The Passover Chess Set arrives after twenty years of creating whimsical and meaningful pieces for the Passover Seder. Read more about these chess sets...


The large Houses of Israel are Hanukkah Menorahs. They are all signed, one-of-a-kind pieces. To find out more about these Menorahs...


This new work by Irene Helitzer is a chess set featuring the Shabbat versus the Work Week.  Read more about this piece here...


Also new is another chess set, this one titled "Balancing Act".  More info can be found here...