Through their efforts the work of the committed and enthusiastic planning committee is in full swing and we all are looking forward to welcoming participants from all over the world to our conference.
Prof. Dr Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski (Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish-Learning at Boston College):
"Like politics, the work of Jewish-Christian relations is local. Context matters and for the work that exists between Christians and Jews in the United States, our context has taken on increasing urgency. Over the past several years, our communities have participated in a reckoning over racial justice. We have asked what this new awareness means for our own work. Likewise, we have noticed with alarm the rise of antisemitism locally and globally. These concerns informed the design of this summer’s conference of the ICCJ. As the Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, my hope for this conference is that as we come together to learn around the theme of “Negotiating Multiple Identities” we will be inspired and strengthened for the work ahead. I am looking forward to welcoming participants from near and far who will share their wisdom and offer new visions for a future that help us all contribute more fully to our common work of repair, reconciliation, and renewal."
Rabbi Or Rose (Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College):
"It is an honor for the Miller Center of Hebrew College to serve as a co-host of the 2023 ICCJ conference with our colleagues and friends from Boston College! It has been a pleasure working with a talented international group of scholars, educators, and organizational leaders to plan this timely gathering. The conference theme invites sustained reflection and collaboration on issues of religious diversity and racial justice. In an increasingly interconnected world, exploring the complexity of identity formation and inter-group relations in different locations is crucial to our collective flourishing. As the director of an interreligious center that works on issues of intersectionality, I look forward to sharing our work and learning from impassioned theoreticians and practitioners from near and far. As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated several decades ago, we live in a "world-house.” This requires that we work together across lines of difference to fashion a compassionate, just, and sustainable abode for all."