Discover the Power of Dialogue to Heal Religious Division
How can members of different faith traditions approach each other with openness and respect? How can they confront the painful conflicts in their history and overcome theological misconceptions? For more than twenty years, Professors Mary C. Boys and Sara S. Lee have explored ways that Catholics and Jews might overcome mistrust and misunderstandings in order to promote commitment to religious pluralism.
At its best, interreligious dialogue entails not simply learning about the other from the safety of one’s own faith community, but rather engaging in specific learning activities with members of the other faith—learning in the presence of the other. Drawing upon examples from their own experience, Boys and Lee lay out a framework for engaging the religious other in depth. With vision and insight, they discuss ways of fostering relationships among participants and with key texts, beliefs and practices of the other’s tradition.
In this groundbreaking resource, they offer a guide for members of any faith tradition who want to move beyond the rhetoric of interfaith dialogue and into the demanding yet richly rewarding work of developing new understandings of the religious other—and of one’s own tradition.
“Thought-provokingÂ…. ProvocativeÂ…. Recommended.”
—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“Refreshing.... Easy to read.... Fascinating.... Will add to the developing understanding between the two faiths.”
—Australian Council of Christians & Jews Newsletter
“Informed, honest and pragmatic, demonstrates why and how Jews and Christians can engage in dialogue on usually intractable subjects. An essential guide for interreligious learning.”
—Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament Studies,
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
“A very valuable resource.... Lays out their basic theory of interreligious teaching and learning ... that personal interchange is absolutely essential for authentic education toward textured pluralism.”
—Catholic Library World
“Easy to read ... an excellent introduction to some of the aspects of Jewish-Catholic dialogue.”
“Two of America’s foremost religious educators [provide] ... a lesson in the power and potential of interreligious learning.”
“This fine book ... raise[s] the art of interfaith conversation to a new level.... Personal and instructive.... Would be helpful to any teacher.... A wonderful, transformative book. Highly recommended.”
—Congregational Libraries Today
“Respectful, constructive, sincere, insightful.... An engaging work.”
—Manna: The Voice of Living Judaism
“An invaluable gateway.... Instructive.”
—Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
—Jonathan D. Sarna, professor of American Jewish History,
Brandeis University and author of American Judaism: A History
“Those who are interested in learning about other traditions will find hope in [these words].”
“An invaluable book…. Anyone interested in Jewish-Christian dialogue will want to read
—Spirituality & Health
Mary C. Boys’ books include Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman’s Experience and Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding. She is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and chairs the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations.
Sara S. Lee edited Communities of Learning: A Vision for the Jewish Future. She is former director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and past president of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education.
Dorothy C. Bass is director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith and editor of Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People.