SPOKANE, Wash. – Martin Kavka, the Philip and Murel Berman Chair in Jewish Studies at Lehigh University, will discuss “Articulating a Positive Relationship Between Christians and Jews” at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28 at the Gonzaga University School of Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom. The event is free and open to the public and will begin with a brief Holocaust memorial service.
Kavka will discuss how it is possible for Jewish-Christian dialogue to extend beyond mutual affirmation to a more positive and mutually supporting relationship. In a world where religions are often closely intertwined, relationships between religions can be complex. The relationship between Judaism and Christianity can be even more complicated due to their shared origins and the fact that Christianity arose in the Jewish faith background.
Kavka, who earned a doctorate in religious studies from Rice University, has focused his research primarily on issues of philosophy of religion and modern Jewish philosophy. He has received fellowships and awards for his research, and has presented at conferences in North America, Europe, and Israel.
An annual lecture series funded by the offices of the Vice President for Mission and Chief Diversity Officer, “Being Religious Interreligiously” brings to campus each year a noted scholar in the fields of interreligious dialogue or comparative theology as an expression of the view by the Society of Jesus that to be religious today is to be interreligious.
For more information, please contact John Sheveland at (509) 313-6784 or via e-mail.