CCJU Hosts Annual Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference

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The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University will host the ninth annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students on May 27-29, 2008.

The 2008 Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students will welcome 35 seminarians from across the country, representing Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic traditions.  This year’s program will also welcome the first deaf seminarian as an expression of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council that whenever persons are searching for truth in the world, we can communicate with them.

The three-day conference will feature presentations and joint study programs with leading scholars in Christian-Jewish relations, including: Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, CLAL, New York; Dr. Eugene Fisher, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC; Dr. Judith Banki, Tanenbaum Center, New York; Dr. Peter Petit, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; Dr. Yehezkel Landau, Hartford Seminary; Dr. Richard Lux, Sacred Heart Seminary, Milwaukee, WI; Dr. Ruth Langer, Boston College; and Dr. Ann Heekin, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

The Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students invites the emerging rabbis, priests and ministers to better understand the history, problems and opportunities in Christian-Jewish relations in preparation for ministry in a religiously pluralistic society.  The Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Institute was created in 2000 to foster deeper theological understanding and dialogue among future religious leaders in the Jewish and Christian traditions. It seeks to prepare the next generation of religious leaders to intelligently and critically expand and carry interreligious dialogue and collaboration forward. More than 230 seminarians have participated in the program since its inception in 2000. Graduates of the seminarians’ program continue the dialogue as participants in the Center’s Institute for Colleagues in Dialogue.  This program provides continuing education for young clergy in order to advance greater knowledge, understanding and harmony among religions.

Established in 1992, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding is an educational and research division of the University and a direct outgrowth of the Second Vatican Council’s teachings which encourage interreligious dialogue and understanding.