The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (ICJS) is a non-profit organization that concentrates its educational expertise on the dual tasks of disarming religious hatred and establishing new models of interfaith understanding.
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The ICJS is unique among interfaith organizations in that it explores the intersection of our lives and our religious traditions, honoring the distinctiveness of each while contending with a history of conflict. With its novel methodology, the ICJS equips constituents to examine their assumptions, wrestle with conflicting points of view, risk uncertainty and take stands – all in a setting of respect, trust and openness. These intellectual and spiritual dispositions are essential for the health of our various religious communities and for the flourishing, if not the survival, of our democracy.
The ICJS seeks to advance interreligious dialogue and understanding through scholarship, adult education, and serious examination of the issues that create religious tensions. By shaping a new relationship between Christians and Jews, the ICJS addresses the contemporary challenges of religious pluralism. Through careful and in-depth studies of sacred writings and traditions, we enable scholars, educators, clergy, seminarians, and lay people to:
- Disarm religious hatred by confronting religious sources of misunderstanding and developing new strategies to correct these distortions;
- Promote understandings of other religious traditions, particularly of Islam, the third Abrahamic tradition;
- Create new educational models and public forums that explore the interplay of core religious beliefs, values and practices within the public square.
Through our mission and active participation within our communities we seek to:
- Reexamine the meaning of our religious assumptions, particularly about the other;
- Challenge the theological distortions and misconceptions that have contributed to the historical conflict between Christians and Jews;
- Develop resources within our respective communities that inspire both Christians and Jews to honor the legitimacy and distinctiveness of the other.
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