Jewish-Christian course draws students!
Thirteen Consortium students joined rabbinical students from Reform, Reconstructionist, and Renewal movements for the Fifth Emerging Religious Leaders Course at the Pearlstone Center from June 3-7. We joined our member partner, the Institute for Islamic, Jewish, and Christian to bring rabbinical students Christian seminaries together for a week of study, theological examination, and friendship building that begins a new trajectory for…
Religious Scapegoating: Is it necessary?
I grew up in a moderate Protestant community in conservative Texas. I often heard anti-Catholic remarks like, “they promote superstition; they aren’t real Christians” (thankfully not at my church). Perhaps some fundamentalist and nativist Texans felt a need to distinguish their kind of Christianity from other believers, but was it necessary to do it by scapegoating?
Recently, I visited a significant…
Ecumenism Award 2018: Dr’s Timothy Wengert and John Roth
The Consortium’s Ecumenism award for 2018 goes to Dr. Timothy Wengert, emeritus of Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary) and Dr. John Roth of Goshen College. They gave outstanding addresses on the “Healing of Memories” in Mennonite-Lutheran Dialogue at the Figel Event on Ecumenism on February 13. Our thanks to them for such a challenging and inspiring event. …
Trinity Wall Street Values in Action Conference @ VTS
Trinity (Wall Street) Institute 2018: Values in Action
Virginia Theological Seminary is hosting a regional partner site for the 2018 Trinity Institute, “Values in Action,” being broadcast from Trinity Wall Street in New York City. We will livestream the plenary sessions and participate our own facilitated small groups on-site at VTS.
We all want to create a better world, and that requires…
Amazing Discussion Israel-Palestine and Peace
At the Tachmindji event held Sunday night, young peace-builders Doron Shapir and Mahmoud Jabari gave stirring and personal accounts about how the Seeds of Peace training has impacted their views, and their ongoing commitments and work in Peacebuilding. Aaron David Miller shared his perspective on how Track II diplomacy in the region is the key to ongoing peace efforts. He…
Youth Visions for Peace Oct. 29
Young people bring new visions of peace to war-torn regions of the globe. “Seeds of Peace” fosters peace-loving friendships and conflict resolution skills among youth from all over the world. Two of these Seeds, one Israeli and one Palestinian, join renowned expert Aaron David Miller on Oct. 29 at evening event and reception at American University. Join us!…
Reformation Commemoration and Polemics in Art
Outstanding Reformation Conference at Yale Divinity School this week–with historians and theologians who dared to inquire about the Reformation’s impact today. During the Conference, Yale unveiled an historic Portrait of Reformers patterned after 1640’s lithographs common in England and the Netherlands. Recent restoration unveils Catholic opponents at foot of the table who confess: “The Candle is lighted, and we cannot…
McKibben on Keep it in the Ground at Yale
Over a thousand came out to hear Bill McKibben on closing opportunity gap for Environmental action at Yale University–huge crowd in Woolsey Hall. Amazing introduction by Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Challenge to get busy on school investment portfolios, actions to slow or halt petroleum infrastructures, and to move forward with 100% renewables. Preceded by…
Christians and Immigration
In the face of DACA and travel bans, U.S. Christians engage Immigration not only as an ethical and human issue, but also as an issue of their own identity. Historically, of course, most of us immigrated to this country, but also our theological identity is grounded in Paul’s words: “You are no Longer Strangers and Foreigners” (Eph. 2:19)…
Best Bibliography of Ecumenism in the Country
The Bibliographies about Ecumenism have been updated through June 2017. This is the finest annotated bibliography on the topic in the U.S., and we hope students, faculty, and the public will use it to keep up on the latest scholarship. Our thanks to Dr. Mitzi Budde of Virginia Theological Seminary for providing this invaluable resource.
Link to http://washtheocon.org/resources/