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Public lecture: Bringing Christians and Jews Together through the Psalms

What can members of different religious traditions learn from one another when they come together to examine Scripture they have in common? Scholar and author Rabbi Or Rose will explore this question through an examination of the Psalms at a March 11 public lecture, hosted by Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Franklin.

“Jews and Christians have turned to the Book of Psalms in times of joy and thanksgiving, and in times of sadness and lament, for centuries. Rarely, though, have members of these two communities explored these ancient poetic texts together as fellow spiritual seekers,” says Rose. His lecture, entitled “Calling Out from the Depths: Reading the Psalms in Two Voices,” will explore the Psalms through both Christian and Jewish perspectives.

He emphasized that “by learning with the religious other [we] can better understand ourselves.”

Rabbi Rose is the founding director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College in Boston. He was previously a founding faculty member and associate dean of the Rabbinical School there. Rose is the co-editor of the award-winning book “My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation” (Orbis) and “Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from Around the Maggid’s Table” (Jewish Lights). Along with his colleague, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore of Boston University, he also serves as the co-publisher of The Journal of Interreligious Studies and the blogging platform for emerging religious and ethical leaders, State of Formation.

The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies was established in 2010 to strengthen relations between people of two great faith traditions. It strives to instill the knowledge, understanding and skills to advance interreligious dialogue and relations in future Catholic priests and religious leaders who serve across the United States, Canada and throughout the world. The Lux Center is the only program of its kind at a Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States.

The Lux Center and Sacred Heart are at 7335 S. Highway 100 (U.S. Highway 45) in Franklin. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th. Admission is free but attendees must register by March 7th. Click here to register.

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