Christian-Jewish relations is topic of weekend event

By | May 13, 2010

• Friday, May 14: 8:15 p.m., following the 7:30 p.m. service at Congregation Cnesses Israel, 222 Baird St. The presentation is titled, “Judaism, Jesus and Jewish-Christian Relations.”

• Saturday, May 15: 12:15 p.m., Congregation Cnesses Israel, “How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently.”

• Saturday, May 15: 3 p.m., the YWCA, 230 S. Madison St. “The Bible and Sexuality.” This session is especially for students in grades 7-12, young adults and parents.

• Saturday, May 15: 7:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 321 S. Madison St., “David and Bathsheba.”

• Sunday, May 16: 8 a.m., service at Grace Lutheran Church, “The Good Samaritan, A Jewish Story.”

• Sunday, May 16: 9:15 a.m., service at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., “The Good Samaritan: A Jewish Story.”

• Sunday, May 16: 1:30 p.m., closing presentation at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 413 St. John St., “Next Stages in Jewish-Christian Relations.”

Fr. Jim Massart, who serves as diocesan ecumenical and interfaith liaison, said that an ecumenical interfaith committee consisting of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant leaders — the weekend program.

“We believe that Dr. Levine’s time with us will enrich all of us in further understanding and appreciation of the value of authentic dialogue and conversation among Jews and Christians,” said Fr. Massart. “I strongly encourage all of us to pray for the success of this important religious event in Green Bay, which is open to everyone.”

Deacon Timothy Reilly, diocesan director of administration, thanked Fr. Massart for helping to plan the event. “I am excited about the program of Jews and Christians in Conversation scheduled for May 14-16, 2010.”

“Bishop David Ricken fully supports and will be participating in our ecumenical and interfaith efforts in the diocese,” added Fr. Massart.

According to Fr. Massart, he and Bishop Ricken are planning a dialogue next fall with a number of Protestant clergy around the topic of Pope Benedict XVI’s writings on Christianity and the crisis of cultures.

“We believe our dialogue can only strengthen our respect for each other,” added Fr. Massart.

All weekend religious serves and educational sessions are free and open to the public. For more information contact Leah Abrahams at (920) 465-0492.

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