Religious Traditions in Conversation

The Work of the Catholic-Jewish Colloquium 


Originally published in Religious Education 91/4 (Fall, 1996).

Posted with permission.


Religious Education is a publication of the Religious Education Association and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education.





Mary C. Boys and Sara S. Lee


Introduction: Religious Traditions in Conversation


I. The Dynamics of Interreligious Learning

Mary C. Boys and Sara S. Lee

The Catholic-Jewish Colloquium: An Experiment in Interreligious Learning


II. Formation and Transformation of Religious Identity

Interreligious learning has the potential to impact religious identity and self-understanding. What do we know about the forces that shape religious identity? What are the implications of what we know when aspects of that identity are challenged in a situation of interreligious learning? How did participants in the Catholic-Jewish Colloquium experience this challenge? In what ways was their religious identity transformed?

Julie A. Collins

Can I Not Do to You as this Potter Has Done?

Ana María Díaz Stevens

Ethno-Religious Identity as Locus for Dialogue between Puerto Rican Catholics and American Jews

David Ellenson

Interreligious Learning and the Formation of Jewish Religious Identity

Edward L. Queen II

The Formation and Reformation of Religious Identity

Robert E. Tornberg

On Finding More Pieces to the Puzzle


III. Judaism and Christianity: Reconceptualizing the Relationship

When Jews and Christians study their history and theology together, they confront challenges to the conventional understanding of the relationship between the two traditions. What is involved in reconceptualizing the relationship? How does reconceptualizing affect personal religious identity?

Joanne Chafe

Colloquium Participants Speak

Philip A. Cunningham

New Stories for a New Relationship

Shira Lander and Daniel Lehmann

New Wine for New Wineskins

Christopher M. Leighton

Contending with a Polemical Tradition


IV. Educating for Religious Identity: Confronting Truth and Ambiguity

Two people of very deep faith meet and truly engage around questions of faith. Each reveals and affirms some of the deepest aspects of his or her own faith, and listens attentively and empathetically to the other’s sharing of faith. Does such an encounter destabilize or weaken one’s faith? Strengthen it? How do we educate so that persons can be both grounded in a particular tradition of faith, yet listen to and respect the faith of another?

Sandra Lubarsky

Dialogue: "Holy Insecurity"

John Merkle

Together Bound with God

Cynthia Reich

On Pluralism and Religious Education:
How Jesus Changed the Life of a Jewish Educator

Barbara Veale Smith

Encountering the Other and Deepening in Faith


V. Educational Foundations for Interreligious Dialogue

Interreligious learning depends upon sound educational practice. What educational processes and methodologies are necessary for interreligious learning to take place? What were the most important processes and methodologies that enabled Colloquium participants to learn?

Shulamith Elster

Learning with "the Other": New Perspectives on Distinctiveness

Barry Holtz

How Do Adults Learn?

Dwayne Huebner

Educational Foundations for Dialogue

Addie Lorraine Walker

Dialogue As a Strategy for Transformative Education