The ICJS builds learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good.
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- A Tribute to Peter W. Culman
- Diversity within the Religious Nones
- From the Battlefield to the Streets of Baltimore
- Pew Study "America’s Changing Religious Landscape"
- My Summer Research Project
- Reflections on a Letter to ISIS
- A Silent Remedy?
- An Open Letter to the Presbyterian Church
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Dr. Heather Miller Rubens
Heather Miller Rubens is the Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.
Dr. Rubens holds degrees from Georgetown University (B.A.), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (G.Dip.), and the University of Chicago (A.M. and Ph.D.). In her research she explores how religious minority communities navigate their political, legal, and cultural space in light of the experience of other minority communities. She focuses on the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in the British Empire, and how the histories of anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism relate in the larger Anglophone world. While her research focuses on exhuming historical instances of analogical reasoning between Jews and Roman Catholics in the British Empire, the theoretical aspects of her research translate into contemporary interreligious dialogue: when, where and how can two religious communities understand an affinity between themselves? She has been an adjunct professor at Lewis University, DePaul University and St. Mary’s Seminary. Dr. Rubens is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is also a member of the Christian Scholars Group. Some of her recent publications include: “Something has gone Wrong: The JFS Case and Defining Jewish Identity in the Courtroom," “Interreligious Dialogue in a Post-Nostra Aetate Church: The Tension between Mutuality and Evangelization” in Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church and A “Judeo-Christian” Myth of Disestablishment: The Legacy of McGowan v. Maryland.
The ICJS resolves to confront fear, prejudice, and violence directed against Muslims, Jews, and other minorities in America through education and engagement around religious difference
Beginning today, the ICJS will bring diverse religious voices from Baltimore into the conversation around justice, race, violence, and community
Dr. Rubens reflects upon her uncle's life and his influence upon her spiritual growth
On December 18th, Dr. Heather Miller Rubens presented the first of two segments on Catholic Muslim perspectives of the Virgin Mary
The dialogical turn is an important shift away from the distrust and hostility that vexed interreligious relations in past eras
The JFS Case and Defining Jewish Identity in the Courtroom
Jews and Christians living in Baltimore share a city a culture and even a spice, Hon
A moment of silence gives space to religion in the public square
This idealized vision reminds us that contemporary debates are far from new and we must continue to consider the common good
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II in Maryland
Dr. Rubens reflects on how literature changed her perspective as she traveled through Jerusalem during the Maryland Clergy Initiative
Forgiveness involves consideration of two kinds of relationships; those between God and humanity and those between individual persons
The pope has entered the Twitterverse, yet, like all new tweeters, the pope hasn’t quite figured out the etiquette of online conversation in this forum
Seeing an opportunity for communities to better get to know each other and to better know the sacred texts that animate our religious lives
Mapping the various ways the term “Judeo-Christian” has been used in Supreme Court
More Americans than before are identifying themselves as having no religious affiliation