Jewish and Presbyterian Seminary Leaders Meet at HUC-JIR/NY to Explore Cooperative Initiatives

Monday, March 3, 2008

(Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR) 


(Jewish and Christian Leaders at HUC-JIR/NY)


Leaders of Jewish and Christian seminaries met at HUC-JIR/NY on Monday, March 10, 2008 to explore cooperative initiatives. Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, hosted participants Cynthia Campbell, President, McCormick Theological Seminary, Katharine Henderson, Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary, Jay Rock, Coordinator of Interfaith Relations, Presbyterian Church (USA), Lee Hinson-Hasty, Coordinator for Theological Ed. & Seminary Relations, Presbyterian Church (USA), Phillip Butin, President, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Alan Cooper, Provost, Jewish Theological Seminary, Dean K. Thompson, President, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Iain Torrance, President, Princeton Theological Seminary, Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament, LPTS, and Barbara Wheeler, President, Auburn Theological Seminary. 

The group focused discussions on the teaching of theology within their curricula, opportunities for interfaith dialogue among their students, the possibilities of faculty exchange, and ongoing consultation and planning.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.