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Session 1: Thursday January 18, 2024
Introduction: Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism, and Anti-Zionism
Introduction and overview of the series. Why it is important to have these discussions?
Three challenges for Christians: anti-Judaism, antisemitism, and anti-Zionism — how are the different? How do they intersect?
Session 2: Thursday February 15th, 2024
Orientation to the creation, structure, and intentions of the current lectionary. Moving from the theoretical to the practical — discussion of a specific problematic lection, conducted interactively. Have your Bibles ready please! We will be working with three readings from the Hebrew Bible.
Session 3: Thursday March 14, 2024
Sacred Music and Hymnody
This session will focus on sacred music that directly or indirectly implies or advances anti-Judaism and supersessionism. The music we sing in our liturgies, whether hymns or anthems form us and are a reflection of our theology. However, poetry is not always as clear cut and sometimes affords us room for broader interpretation. Sometimes it does not. We will focus on three categories in which to determine whether a sacred text is potentially dangerous or not:
- Texts that outright promote anti-Judaism or supersessionism and therefore have no place in the liturgy.
- Texts that if read a certain way could imply negativity toward the Jews and should be subject to clear preaching or catechesis.
- Texts that can be revised to erase anti-Judaism or supersessionism.
Session 4: Thursday March 21, 2024
Preaching: John’s Passion Gospel
The impact of standard Christian preaching on Jews and Judaism. This session will include more Bible study, so please have your Bibles ready. We will focus on issues with the Gospel of John’s Passion Narrative, which we hear on Good Friday every year.
Session 5: Thursday April 18, 2024
A Peace Proposal for Jews and Christians
Dr. Charry is working on a new book — a peace proposal for Jews and Christians.
She will introduce us to the themes of the book and her hopes in writing it.
Dr. Ellen T. Charry is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Systematic Theology Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary where she taught interfaith theology and historical and systematic theology. She joined the faculty in 1997 having previously served on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (1992-1997) and as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Divinity School under a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation (1989–91). She designed and administered programs in interfaith understanding for theology students at the National Conference of Christians and Jews under grants sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts (1985–91). She holds degrees from Barnard College (BA), Yeshiva University (MSW) and Temple University (MA and PhD).
She has served on the editorial boards of The Christian Century, The Scottish Journal of Theology, and Pro Ecclesia. She edited Theology Today from 1997 to 2004.
Professor Matt Glandorf — The American conductor, organist and composer, Matt Glandorf, was raised in Germany, where he received early instruction at the organ at the Bremen Cathedral with Wolfgang Baumgratz. At age 16 he entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of John Weaver and Ford Lallerstedt. He pursued graduate studies with McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music. Matt Glandorf has an active career as a conductor, composer, church musician, and educator. In 2004 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Philadelphia, and in 2008 he became the Artistic Director of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. He has served as director of music for many Philadelphia churches, including Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Old St. Joseph’s, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, and Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion.
Matt Glandorf has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College Westminster Choir College and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1995. In the summer of 2023 Glandorf moved to Germany where he serves as Regional Kantor for the Lutheran Churches in Cloppenburg.