Why Christians Must Remember the Shoah

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Joseph – Michael J. Smith Memorial on the Saint Joseph’s University campus.

A panel discussion with members of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations to mark Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). The panelists will relate why the Shoah has affected their academic concerns and activities. Their remarks, both personal and scholarly, will reflect on the importance for them of Jewish-Christian relations or of Holocaust research. The panel will be followed by a prayer service of memory and commitment to interfaith amity.

The Panel

Mary C. Boys is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York. Dedicated to developing practical theologies and curricula to enhance Christian-Jewish relations, she served as co-director of the Lilly Endowment-sponsored “Religious Particularism and Pluralism” project with Jewish and Catholic educators. She edited the Christian Scholars Group’s volume, Seeing Jewish Anew: Christianity’s Sacred Obligation. She is Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a congregation of Roman Catholic women.

Katharina von Kellenbach is Professor of Religious Studies and former Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her work in Holocaust Studies focuses on the theological, ethical, personal and political issues raised by the perpetrators of genocide. Her research examines Christian theologies of forgiveness in light of archival records of the pastoral work of prison chaplains with imprisoned Nazi perpetrators in post-war Germany.

Björn Krondorfer is Professor of Religious Studies and the Department Chair for Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with expertise in the Western religious traditions and particular interests in cultural studies, Holocaust studies, and gender studies. He facilitates and organizes the International Summer Program on the Holocaust and is a participating scholar of the biennial, international meetings of the Stephen Weinstein Holocaust Symposium (England).

Jean-Pierre Ruiz specializes in biblical studies and Hispanic/Latino Theology at St. John’s University, NY. Past-President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S., he is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology and an Associate Editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. A Catholic priest, he helped organize Comunidades y Convivencia, a program for Latinos in ministry, co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and Chicago’s Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union, to broaden understanding of Catholic-Jewish relations and Latino-Jewish relations.