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What the Bible’s Romans 13 says about asylum – and what Jeff Sessions omitted

Casey Strine* | 30.06.2018

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, kicked up a storm when he invoked a line from the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating thousands of parents and children during immigration investigations. … [more]

Naming, Growing, and Collaborating

Marcus Braybrooke* | 30.06.2018

What’s in a name? In June, the Three Faiths Forum, founded 21 years ago in the UK, is changing its name to the Faith & Belief Forum. This reflects the way its work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious. Increasingly, the original name was seen as exclusive, and for a time the difficulty was evaded by using the initials ‘3FF.’ … [more]

Rabbi Michael Melchior and his Religious Peace Initiative

Ron Kronish | 31.05.2018

Rabbi Michael Melchior is without doubt the leading interreligious peacebuilder in Israel. For many years now, he has been bringing religious leaders together from within Israel and the region, as well as internationally, and in recent years he has been witness to significant results and much positive progress. … [more]

How I Became a Jewish Historian

Frederick M. Schweitzer[1] | 31.03.2018

I have toiled nearly a half century in the Lord’s vineyard of Christian/Catholic-Jewish relations. It has been a productive and satisfying life commitment, decisively inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s Nostra Aetate (“In our day”), the Church’s declaration on its relation to Judaism and other non-Christian religions. … [more]

To Build Trust by Learning about other Religions

Sharon Rosen* | 01.01.2018

It is my great pleasure to once again attend a Sant’Egidio meeting after many years of deep friendship with this magnificent community. And I am especially proud to be representing my organization, Search for Common Ground at this meeting as its first global director for religious engagement. … [more]

The Embrace between Esau and Jacob—Is Reconciliation Possible?

Ron Kronish | 31.12.2017

A few days ago, I was interviewed by Rabbi Harlan Wechsler, a retired Conservative rabbi from New York, who now lives in both Jerusalem and New York. For 10 years, he has hosted a radio program called “Rabbi Wechsler Teaches” for Serius XM Radio, an internet radio station in the USA. … [more]

Gregory Baum and Jewish-Christian relations

Jean Duhaime* | 31.10.2017

Gregory Baum, a well-known theologian, has passed away in Montreal on December 18, 2017. As a member of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), he made a major contribution to the preparation of the Declaration Nostra Aetate. The following text briefly looks back at this page of history in Jewish-Christian relations.[1][more]

The Man from Nazareth: Yeshu or Yeshu’a

David Neuhaus | 31.10.2017

Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar until his resignation in August 2017, published an open letter to the Israeli newspaper "HaAretz" about the use of the name Jesus in Hebrew. "HaAretz" published the letter on March 24, 2017. The letter reads as follows. … [more]

Fasting on Yom Kippur for Social Justice and Peace

Ron Kronish | 30.09.2017

Fasting on Yom Kippur is widespread for Jews in Israel and around the world, even for those who are not necessarily generally observant. Yet, it is often done out of habit or from a sense of Jewish solidarity, since millions of Jews gather in synagogues around the world on this day to express their identification with the Jewish people, in ways that are often inexplicable and even somewhat irrational. … [more]

“Make Friends Across Religions”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I – Grand Mufti Shawki Allam – Pope Francis – H.H. the Dalai Lama – Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Al-Milani – Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh – Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) – Archbishop Justin Welby – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Archbishop Antje Jackelén – Ayatollah Sayyid Hassan Al-Qazwini – Rabbi Abraham Skorka – Ven. Khandro Rinpoche | 01.09.2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 * The most prominent leaders of the world’s major religions released a joint appeal today calling on the people of the world to unify and make friends across religions. … [more]