Development of an Ecumenical Dialogue

Nov 23, 2002 03:00 AM EST

BOSTON, Mass—the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College is developing a six-session discussion vehicle on behalf of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Each discussion will begin with 15-minute discussion-starting videotapes, scheduled for preview in early December. The resource will include a user's guide of dialogue questions and resources. Participants will contrast each tradition's understanding of God's "path," and relate the two interpretations in positive ways.

"Jews and Christians both believe they have been given a mission to the world," says Eugene Fisher, Ph.D., Associate Director, USCCB Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. "Through the collaborative process of putting a program like this together, we explore how these understandings have changed and deepened over time and where they overlap or diverge. While we differ on important faith beliefs, we have in common much that we are called to witness together to all humanity."

By Pauline J.
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