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Chicago Initiative

Hearing Each Other’s Voice,
Knowing Each Other’s Passions

On Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago, three of the most insightful observers of the American religious scene came together to kickoff a new citywide interfaith initiative.

Listen to the entire event (note: this is a 30 MB mp3 audio file; all the audio files on this site are in mp3 format, which may be downloaded and played in any standard audio player, including Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and iTunes)

The Program:


Rev. Pawlikowski, Rev. Buchanan, Rabbi Marder, and Rabbi Signer
at Emanuel Congregation, Chicago, IL, January 18, 2005

Welcome
Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman
Rabbi Emeritus, Emanuel Congregation
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Introduction
Rabbi Michael Signer

Co-Chair, Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism
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Speakers:

Rabbi Janet Marder
President,
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Senior Rabbi,
Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA
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Rev. Dr. John Pawlikowski
President,
International Council of Christians and Jews
Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program,
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
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Rev. John Buchanan
Editor/Publisher,
The Christian Century Magazine
Senior Pastor,
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
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Closing Remarks

Rabbi Michael Signer
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In November 2003, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Eric Yoffie issued a call to all Reform congregations to “reach out to our neighbors and listen for God’s presence in their voices.” To assist in the sometimes difficult task of Jewish-Christian dialogue, the Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism has prepared a seven-session dialogue curriculum, Open Doors, Open Minds: Synagogues and Churches Studying Together. Beginning by establishing a framework of friendship and shared histories, the curriculum then takes participants through a closer look at common texts, the importance of Israel, and a commitment to a future of cooperation and understanding.

A generous grant from the Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation underwrote this event and will continue to support four synagogue-church dialogue partnerships in the Chicago area in implementing the Reform Movement’s Jewish-Christian dialogue curriculum, Open Doors, Open Minds: Synagogues and Churches Studying Together. The four participating synagogues are Emanuel Congregation, B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Congregation Am Echod, and Oak Park Temple.

Sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism Great Lakes Council-Chicago Federation and the Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism, a joint instrumentality of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, and Women of Reform Judaism

Questions? Contact the Great Lakes Council-Chicago Federation Regional Office at 847-509-0990 or the Commission on Interreligious Affairs at interreligious@urj.org or 202-387-2800

 
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