Interfaith discussion planned on Christian anti-Semitism

Aquinas Institute of Theology, Eden Theological Seminary and the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations will present “Christian Anti-Semitism Today: What Is It? Where Is It? How Do We Respond?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 South Spring Avenue.

Speakers during the dialogue and discussion will be Father John Pawlikowski, Professor of Ethics and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the University of Chicago, and Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, Judaic Scholar at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where his responsibilities include interfaith activities.

Rev. Dr. Pawlikowski is a leading figure in Christian-Jewish dialogue worldwide. For more than 40 years, he has urged Catholics and others to confront the long history of Christian anti-Semitism. Appointed by President Carter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 1980; he was reappointed to three successive terms by Presidents Bush and Clinton. Pawlikowski is immediate past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews and author of numerous books including, “Christ in the Light of the Christian Jewish Dialogue” and co-editor of “Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.”

Rabbi Poupko recently accompanied the past-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on a visit to Israel. He represents the interests of the Jewish community to such national Christian publications. Poupko is also author of the recently published, “Looking at Them; Looking at Us: A Jewish Understanding of Christian Responses to Israel.”

Pre-registration is encouraged: Call 314-442-3871 or e-mail [email protected]. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is requested to support the event.