Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Encounter and dialogue are the beginning of a new relationship. Study and shared study can enrich and strengthen both the relationship and the individuals in it. That's what the annual minicourse is about. Four- to six-week series, one evening each week, focus on topics of shared interest to Jews and Christians. Recent topics have included:
2017 - Understanding Power & Prejudice: Building Bridges Across Difference - Jude-Laure Denis, Executive Director, POWER-NE and The Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, Director, IJCU
2015 - Justice in Jewish & Christian Perspectives - Rabbi Stephen Wylen, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne, NJ and Interim Rabbi, Beth Israel Congregation, Jackson MS & Dr. Hartley Lachter, Berman Center, Lehigh University & The Rev. Daniel R. J. Joyce, S.J. Theology Dept., St. Joseph’s University
2014 - Israel Between Jews & Christians - Rabbi Dr. Moshe Re'em, Temple Beth El & The Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit,
IJCU, Muhlenberg College
2013 - Ruth in Dialogue - The Rev. Canon Maria Tjeltveit, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator
2012 - Enlightenments European and Jewish - Dr. Jessica Cooperman, Posen Fellow, Muhlenberg College
2011 – Spirituality After The Shoa – The Eternal Presence of Absence – Dr. Carolyn Manosevitz, MFA
2010 – Convivencia – Muslim-Jewish-Christian Understanding in Medieval Spain – Professor Sharon Albert, Religion Studies Dept., Muhlenberg College
2009 - The Big Bang, the Bible and Beyond - Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Gerard and Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner
2008 - "Food & Hunger: Ritual and Ethics in a Hungry World"- Coordinated with the Lehigh County Conference of Churches Interaith In Action committee, on its EAT initiative "Weigh-In Against Hunger."
2006 - "Trauma, Tradition and Testimony: Forming Judaism and Christianity in Relations to One Another" - Dr. Ben Wright, Lehigh University
2005 - "Judaism and Christianity: Themes of the Holy Days and Festivals" - local rabbis, cantors and church musicians
2004 - "The Binding of the Beloved Son: Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives" - the Rev. Maria Tjeltveit, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, and presenters from local colleges and institutions
Any interested learner.