For nearly a decade, ICJS and the Washington Theological Consortium have partnered to offer a study program that brings together seminarians and rabbinical students to engage in four days of textual study and conversation. This intensive course raises up the commonalities of our traditions; but, more importantly, it focuses on the particular ways our respective communities read, interpret, and embody their traditions, thus opening the way for the examination of the roots of religious conflict and the promise of new models of collaborative learning.
ICJS scholars co-teach alongside rabbinical school and seminary professors to create a for-credit course in Jewish-Christian Dialogue. This program draws students from all over the country and equips them with basic skills and sensitivities to build relationships of trust and mutuality among Christians and Jews
“We’re getting to know people on a deeper level. We study each other’s texts, and we can ask each other questions. And, we have time to listen and reflect about these questions.”
Leslie Krauland, Wesley Theological Seminary, ERL 2019 participant
“As a future rabbi, I believe it’s my responsibility to know the role that faith plays in my congregants’ communities. And for almost all congregants, their communities include Christians and Christian influences. Emerging Religious Leaders was also a great fit because the best interfaith learning comes from relationships and conversations. Emerging Religious Leaders had both the text based learning and the conversational or relational learning.”
Sarah Brammer-Shlay, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ERL 2018 participant
“This retreat has been one of the most formative pieces of my first year of seminary. There is a piece of my personal vision and purpose that is easy for me to lose sight of when in my own religious bubble and language. Broadening my experience to interact with emerging leaders in different faith traditions brought me back to some of the highest sense of my calling.”
Rachel Cohen, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, ERL 2017 participant