Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship: A Public Roundtable on Covenant and the Land

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Campion Student Center: Doyle Banquet Hall North

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From Monday, January 7 through Thursday, January 10, 2019, the Institute will welcome twenty-two scholars from eight countries to study together major issues in Christian-Jewish relations. Participants will hear and discuss papers on topics that include identity and borders, fulfillment, Jewish and Christian missions, Christology, covenant, the Apostle Paul, and the connections between Christian-Jewish relations and global religious pluralism.

Gavin D’Costa
University of Bristol
United Kingdom

Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

On Tuesday evening, an open session of the conference will provide an experience of its deliberations in a “fishbowl” format. Dr. Gavin D’Costa from the University of Bristol, U.K. will present his paper, “Catholic Theology and the Promise of the Land as Part of the Jewish Covenant.” Dr. Amy-Jill Levine from Vanderbilt University will offer a response, followed by a general discussion among all the conference participants. Then all present will be invited to join the conversation. Refreshments will be provided. Don’t miss this unusual opportunity for intensive theological dialogue and reflection. 

Issues that Divide Our Society: Rabbinic Perspectives

A Spring Series Featuring Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Co-author with Pope Francis of On Heaven and Earth


Abraham Skorka is a rabbi, chemist, and writer. He served for over three decades as the Rector and professor of biblical and rabbinic literature at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer in Buenos Aires. He has published several books and articles in the field of biophysics and on Biblical and Talmudic research.

Note: All programs in this series are from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Center in McShain Hall [Campus Map]. Come to any or all of the sessions.


1. The Perils of Polarized Public Discourse

Monday, February 18, 2019; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Response: Dr. James Caccamo is Associate Professor of Ethics and Department Chair. He specializes in the Ethics of Technology and Media and also in Catholic Social Teaching.


2. The Interreligious Complexities of the Abortion Debate

Monday, February 25, 2019; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Response: Dr. Vincent Genovesi, S.J. is Professor of Catholic Moral Ethics. He is the author of In Pursuit of Love: Catholic Morality and Human Sexuality.


3. Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complementary?

Monday, March 4, 2019; 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Response: Dr. Gerard Jacobitz is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology. His interests include Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, and the Doctrine of God.

The Passover Seder at SJU

Jews and Christians Experiencing Exodus Together

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


McShain Hall: Haub Conference Center, Large Maguire Room

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The Passover Meal, the Seder, marks one of the major feasts on the Jewish calendar. Passover is also important for Christians since the story of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt is a principal element of many Christian observances, especially during Holy Week. The Seder meal is a wonderful way for Christians to have a direct experience of Jewish spiritual life, and for both communities to rededicate themselves to a world in which slavery and injustice are no more.

The Passover Seder at SJU is a full catered kosher meal. Participants will join in the prayers, songs, and celebration in as close to a traditionally Jewish form as possible.

Pre-registration is required; registration information will be available early in 2019.