An Ecumenical Response to Dabru Emet

Dabru Emet - Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity. February 24, 2001


  An Ecumenical Response to


Dabru Emet: a Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity


February 24, 2001


The Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the   USA, meeting in Houston, Texas, expresses its deep gratitude to the scholars and rabbis who   wrote and issued the statement Dabru Emet ("Speak the Truth"). We also call on the   leaders of the member communions of the National Council of Churches, and on all Christians,   to read and carefully consider the affirmations and the invitation to further dialogue which   the statement offers.


Released in Baltimore and New York on the eve of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement),   September 10, 2000, Dabru Emet is addressed to both Jews and Christians. It is a response to   the many public statements that Christian churches and councils have made in recent years,   making clear the churches" rejection of anti-Semitism, and asserting their conviction that the   Jewish people continue as recipients of God"s love and grace.


We welcome this public recognition by Jewish leaders of the changes that have begun and   continue within our churches in relation to the Jewish community and in our teaching about   Jews and Judaism. It is with thankful and humble hearts that we, as Christians, find ourselves   given the grace, after such a history of animosity and violence, to now be in a renewed,   renewing and reconciling relationship with Jewish sisters and brothers.  

We welcome, also, the "eight brief statements" made in Dabru Emet, and commend   them to our churches and fellow Christians for study, and as gateways to further dialogue. The   document addresses theological issues as well as the meaning and conduct of everyday relations   between our two communities. While we may not agree with all that is affirmed in the document,   there is much in it that many among us will readily embrace.


The careful wording of these eight points is itself a helpful contribution toward our   understanding of each other, and provides a very useful basis for further Jewish-Christian   dialogue. Discussion of Dabru Emet will certainly figure in the agenda of future theological   reflection of our Interfaith Relations Commission. We commend it to Christians in the United   States for individual reading and reflection, and for use as a resource in conversations   between local churches and synagogues, and in other arenas of inter-religious dialogue.


We thank the drafters of this statement for their work, which is a gift to all those who   seek understanding and the life of the kingdom of God. To God be all glory and our humble   thanksgiving that, "made in God"s image, we are created to live a life of relationship   and called to claim the unity in our human diversity" (Interfaith Relations and the   Churches, NCCC Policy Statement, 11/99).