CCJU Announces Seventh Annual Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference

News Story: May 30, 2007

The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University announces the seventh annual Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference on May 29-31, 2007 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  The Conference is a program of the Center's Institute for Religious Leaders that seeks to foster deeper theological understanding, dialogue and collaboration among Jewish and Christian clergy.

The Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference invites emerging rabbis, priests and ministers to better understand the history, problems and opportunities in Christian-Jewish relations.  The program seeks to provide a foundation for dialogue with the religious other that will support young clergy as they begin their ministries.  Graduates of the seminarians’ program continue the dialogue as members of the Center’s “Colleagues in Dialogue” program.  “Colleagues in Dialogue” convenes annually and seeks to solidify professional relationships and build on the theological understanding of the other and its pastoral implications for preaching and teaching.  More than 200 students have participated in the seminarians program since its inception in 2000. 

The 2007 Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference will welcome 35 seminarians from across the country, representing Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic faiths.  The three-day conference will feature presentations and discussion with leading scholars in Christian-Jewish relations, including Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Jewish Life Network, New York; Dr. Eugene Fisher, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC; Rabbi Eugene Korn, Associate Executive Director, CCJU; and Dr. Mary C. Boys, the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.