April 2017 Midday Interfaith Dialogue
Eliminating Anti-Judaism from the Christian Story
Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, Room 10
1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)
At this time of year, many Christians celebrate Lent and Easter—and many churches have historically used texts, liturgies and narratives in this season that view Jews and Judaism in a disparaging light. Christian hostility and violence toward Jews has a long history going back to the early church. Though some denominations have made official statements of repentance and have condemned overt anti-Jewish violence, theologies of “replacement” or “supersessionism” are still a common part of much mainstream Christian practice and worship. How does anti-Jewish thinking continue to manifest in Christian theology and practice today? In our current context of a terrifying rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, how can those committed to strengthening interfaith relationships work actively to dismantle anti-Jewish theologies?
A panel, consisting of Dr. Darrell Jodock, Prof. Emeritus, Gustavus Adolphus College and author of Covenantal Conversations: Christians in Dialogue with Jews and Judaism; Dr. Marilyn Salmon Prof. of New Testament (ret.) United Theological Seminary and author of Preaching without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism; Rabbi Adam Spilker, Mount Zion Temple; and Ms. Ann Lewis, elder and religious educator, House of Hope Presbyterian; moderated by SPIN volunteers, Ms. Katherine Parent, Luther Seminary Ph.D. candidate, and Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Episcopal priest, will explore how understanding, respect and cooperation in Jewish – Christian relations can be enhanced and anti-Judaism eliminated.
Free, open to all. (Free will offering) Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; lunch is available in the cafeteria; bag lunches welcome.