by Heather Miller Rubens

The invitation to contribute to the Noli Me Tangere project arrived while I was sitting in on a course taught by my colleagues Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan and Dr. Benjamin Sax entitled “Jesus at the Borders of Islam and Judaism”[1] at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) in Baltimore, Maryland where I am currently serving as the Executive Director. The ICJS is an independent, academic non-profit that seeks to advance interreligious dialogue and understanding through educational lectures and programs for the public; fellowships for congregational leaders, civic leaders, teachers, and clergy; and rigorous scholarship. The ICJS reaches a diverse cross-section of the Baltimore-Washington area in our efforts to confront antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of religious prejudice. By constructively engaging with religious pluralism in education, outreach, and scholarship we are shaping a new relationship among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Baltimore area, and modeling a new conversation that affirms and values religious diversity in America.

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Heather Miller Rubens is Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar at ICJS.