Spring Dialogue Series: Israel and Contemporary Jewish-Christian Relations

Tuesdays, April 14, 21, and 28, 2015 | 7-9 p.m.

Facilitated by Profs. Philip A. Cunningham and Adam Gregerman

Haub Executive Suite, Large Lapsley Room, McShain Hall

For historical, theological, and political reasons, the subjects of the Land and State of Israel prompt intense and sometimes difficult conversations between Jews and Christians. Join us for a three-part series of interfaith dialogues in which we explore constructive ways of approaching these vitally important topics. We will consider diverse viewpoints on the subject both between and within our communities and the challenges they pose to interreligious relations.


The 2015 series is connected to a five-year research project funded primarily by the International Council of Christians and Jews with additional support from several universities, including the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University. During the three sessions, we will:

  • “Field test” a process to promote a sympathetic reading of documents that one might not be inclined to be sympathetic toward;
  • Hear documents on their own terms and identify their presuppositions, assumptions, approaches, fears, and concerns;
  • Appreciate diverse range of approaches between and within religious communities, especially in terms of using sacred or authoritative texts;
  • Become more aware of our own presuppositions, assumptions, approaches, fears, and concerns
  • Help develop means for interreligious conversations to occur that lead to understanding.