Lecture, Discussion Series on Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Lecture, Discussion Series on Jewish-Christian Dialogue

The public is invited to a lecture and series of panel discussions hosted this semester by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning in the cause of greater ecumenical dialogue.

On Feb. 6, Daniel J. Lasker, Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 310 on the topic, "Competing Claims for Truth: Medieval Judaism and Christianity in Conflict."

A week later, Feb. 13, the Spring Speakers Series, on the theme "Christians and Jews: Shared History, Sharing the Future," gets underway with an ecumenical panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 300.

Panelists Rosann Catalano of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Rev. Sam Lloyd of Trinity Church in Boston, and Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, will discuss "Speaking to Each Other in Times of Controversy."

Two more discussions in the series are planned for later in the semester.

On March 13, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Executive Director Philip Cunningham and Rabbi Eugene Korn of the Anti-Defamation League will make presentations on the topic "Recognizing Each Other's Religious Legitimacy." Rev. John Stendahl, a member of the Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be respondent.

"Working Together for a Better World" will be the theme for the April 10 event, which will feature Rabbi Gilbert S. Rosenthal of the National Council of Synagogues, Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology David Hollenbach, SJ, and Pastor Laurel E. Scott of the Old West Church as presenters. Nancy K. Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, will be respond and conclude the series.

Each program in the Spring Speakers Series is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 300. The series is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, and made possible by grants from the Berenson Family through Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.

For more information, visit the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Web site [www.bc.edu/research/cjl/events/].

-Mark Sullivan

 

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