Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

Coming Events: 2016-2017

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Where We Live, What We Believe

Thinking Contextually about Israel, Palestine, and the Churches

Rev. Dr. Robert Cathey and Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

Churches in the Unites States and Europe and individual Christians have long been deeply interested in the Middle East, especially regarding the "Holy Land" and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Join us for a discussion with two leading Christian theologians to consider how contexts—social, political, and even geographic “locations”—shape theological perspectives. We will focus on the challenges of critically “transposing” religious ideas developed in one context into other, often distant contexts (such as when the religious outlooks of Middle Eastern Christians are received into an American Western context or when the methods of "liberationist" theologies that developed in the Americas are applied to the Middle East).

Rev. Dr. Robert Cathey is Professor of Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has taught at The Near East School of Theology (Beirut, Lebanon), Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL), Davidson College, and William Paterson University (NJ). He is a member of the Christian Leadership Initiative of the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) that included intensive study in Jerusalem in July 2010 and 2011. He has served in the Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Work Group of Chicago Presbytery, and was one of the co-authors of In Our Time, a public document on US Presbyterian - Jewish Relations published by Chicago Presbytery in November, 2015.
Robert Cathey

Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s University in New York, where he is also a Senior Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society and serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. A Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Ruiz earned the doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His research interests include biblical studies (prophetic and apocalyptic literature), Hispanic theology, and interfaith relations. A Past-President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, his recent publications include the award-winning book, Readings from the Edges: The Bible & People on the Move.

Jean-Pierre Ruiz




The Other Peace Process:


Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace in Israel

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Mayor Issa Jabber
Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.  
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

Rabbi Ron Kronish is the Founding Director and currently Senior Advisor of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, now the Interreligious department of Rabbis for Human Rights. An internationally acclaimed speaker and author , he has edited a book of essays on Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue (Paulist Press, 2015), he blogs for The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel and he is writing a book about Interreligious Dialogue in Israel.
Rabbi Ron Kornish
Mayor Issa Jabber is a veteran educator who now serves as the mayor of the Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, just west of Jerusalem. He is a former co-chairperson for many years of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and he has lectured widely about Arab-Jewish Coexistence and Interreligious Dialogue in Israel and abroad.
Mayor Issa Jabber
Rabbi Kronish and Mayor Jabber will share their insights and experiences from the last 25 years of working together in Israel.



The Passover Seder AT SJU


Jews and Christians Experiencing Exodus Together


 Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

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.

 Experiencing Exodus Together

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.

Further details to follow, but mark your calendars now!