Edgewood College Hosts Jewish-Catholic Forum

  • Monday, Sep 23, 2013

Edgewood College Hosts Jewish/Catholic Forum

‘Building Bridges’ at the Sr. Rose Thering, O.P. Annual Forum

Madison, Wis. (September 20, 2013) – Edgewood College is honored to invite you to the Sister Rose Thering, O.P. Annual Forum

This year’s event is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Monday, October 14, 2013, in Anderson Auditorium on the campus of Edgewood College.

Building Bridges: Jewish / Catholic Dialogue features two leading figures in interfaith dialogue. Michael Berenbaum is a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University located in Los Angeles. Fr. John Pawlikowski is a Professor of Social Ethics, and the Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union, located in Chicago.

These two engaging minds will reflect on historic developments in Jewish-Catholic relations over the past 60 years. Each presenter from his distinctive faith perspective will explore issues, opportunities and challenges for future generations.

This annual Forum is made possible through the generosity of The In Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation.

About Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D.

Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. He’s previously served as the Weinstein Gold Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguished Visitor at Claremont-McKenna College, the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College, and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University.

Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (BA, 1967) and Florida State University (Ph.D., 1975), and also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University. He has won numerous fellowships including the Danforth Fellowship, the George Wise Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, and the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship at FSU. Berenbaum was an elected fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He was given a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Nazareth College in 1995, a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Denison University in 2000,  and a Doctor of Humane Letter (honoris causa) from Gratz College in 2011.

About Fr. John Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Ph.D.

Fr. John Pawlikowski is a Professor of Social Ethics, and the Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union.

John Pawlikowski’s extensive study of the Nazi Holocaust has enabled him to appreciate the ethical challenges facing the human community as it struggles with greatly enhanced power and extended responsibility for the future of all creation. His scholarly interests include the theological and ethical aspects of the Christian-Jewish relationship and public ethics.

A leading figure in Christian-Jewish dialogue, he was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ's board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the principal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy.

About The In Memory of Sister Rose Foundation

The In Memory of Sister Rose Foundation is a Wisconsin-based organization created in memory of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican Nun, who devoted her professional life to enhancing the relationship between Roman Catholics and Jews.  Originally triggered by what she perceived as an anti-Semitic theme in Roman Catholic textbooks, her views reached the highest levels of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.  It was instrumental in the seminal declaration of Nostra Aetate issued by the council known as Vatican II in 1965 whose purpose was in part to heal the historic breach between the Church and Judaism.

To perpetuate both the memory of Sister Rose, a native of Plain, Wisconsin, and to further her effort at creating a bridge between the two religions, this Foundation invites speakers to address the Madison community on issues that bear on inter-religious relations.  The major focus of these presentations, of course, is the linkage between Roman Catholicism and Judaism.