“Building mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue.”
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After nine years as a board member of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS), I am privileged to begin serving the Center as its new director. I am especially grateful for the support and encouragement of our Center staff members, Jane Bracken and Thomas Poynor, our Board of Directors, and our Saint Leo University and American Jewish Committee colleagues as we rededicate ourselves to our mission of "building mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue."
This is a critical time in the dialogue between Catholics and Jews. When we participate in interfaith education, we are not only students of the past, but we are also witnesses to a living, breathing, and often challenging process of engagement. For example, in recent weeks press reports have described both new milestones and crises in Jewish-Christian relations. In July 2009, the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) issued an important and hopeful statement, "A Time for Recommitment: Building the New Relationship between Jews and Christians." In August 2009, Catholic and Jewish leaders began a respectful and very public dialogue concerning Catholic and Jewish understandings of covenant and conversion.
How can CCJS assist our clergy, congregants, teachers, and students in addressing these challenges? First, we begin by connecting you to respected and reliable research and current information resources (see a partial listing below). CCJS is a member of the Council of Centers on Christian-Jewish Relations (CCJR), and we recommend the wealth of information available on the CCJR website, especially "Dialogika Resources." Also, please consider the acclaimed education and dialogue series, "Walking God's Paths: Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation (WGP)," as an excellent interfaith dialogue and study program for clergy, congregations, classrooms, and the community at large (see listing below as well as CCJS website pages on WGP). Lastly, let us reflect upon this quote from the recent ICCJ statement noted above: "The journey has been neither simple nor easy. We have encountered many obstacles and setbacks, including conflicts -some quite serious- over theological or historical developments. But our determination to pursue the dialogue in spite of difficulties, to communicate honestly, and to assume our partners' good will has helped us stay the course."
Linda S. Taggart, M.A.
GUIDE TO INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
A Brief Guide for Interfaith Education and Dialogue
Principles of Interfaith Dialogue:
Interfaith education and dialogue is an ongoing process through which we grow in knowledge and understanding about ourselves and others. It is a process that we hope will continue to nurture what Pope John Paul II has called a "culture of dialogue...a harmony of differences."
The Center for Catholic Jewish (CCJS) Studies Support:
THE CENTER FOR CATHOLIC - JEWISH STUDIES ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, I would like to welcome our new Director, Linda Taggart. Our board members know Linda well. She served as a member of our board for many years and provided great leadership as Chair of the Program Committee. Linda's knowledge and wealth of experience as an adjunct professor at SLU, as well as her passion for the Center and its mission, make her the right person at the right time to lead us.
Ruth B. Maass
Chair, CCJS Board of Directors
Linda has previously shared her considerable personal, intellectual, and leadership gifts and skills with Saint Leo University as a member of the board of trustees and as a member of the board of directors of our Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.
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