Periodically the Centre sponsors a guest lecturer to discuss the topic of interfaith dialogue. For the most part, their subject refers to the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Speakers have been of various religious backgrounds and professional disciplines such as Rabbis and Professors.
Inter-religious Dialogue and The Peace Process (December 11, 2011)
The Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning in collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry at King’s University College and Or Shalom Synagogue, welcomed Rabbi Ron Kronish, the Director of The Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel (ICCI). ICCI is Israel’s best-known and most-respected interreligious organization. Following a kosher meal, enjoyed by Jews, Christians and Muslims, Rabbi Kronish spoke of the importance of interreligious dialogue in the peace process with reference to his personal witness of such dialogue through ICCI.
Overcoming Destruction in Ancient Judaism (January 27, 2011)
The new Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning sponsored its first guest speaker, Ms. Hindy Najman, to speak at King’s University College’s annual Religious Life Lecture on January 27, 2011. Ms. Najman is the Director for Jewish Studies, and an Associate Professor of Ancient Judaism in the Department and Centre for the Study of Religions at the University of Toronto. In this lecture she explored the struggles of ancient Jewish communities in redefining themselves in the aftermath of the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
Jewish Models in the Art of Rembrandt (November 12, 2009)
On November 12, 2009, the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning sponsored Sonia Halpern, Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at the University of Western Ontario, at King’s University College’s annual Religious Life Lecture Series. Sonia explored the Jewish community of seventeenth century Amsterdam, one of the largest Jewish communities of any Western European city, in her lecture “Jewish Models in the Art of Rembrandt.” Specifically, the slide-illustrated talk presented religious and pragmatic reasons why Rembrandt was attracted to Jewish models, its biblical scenes, genre scenes, and portraits.
Are We Text or Content - A Jewish Viewpoint (November 6, 2008)
On November 6, 2008, with the support of the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning, Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich, Senior Rabbi of Beth Shalom Synagogue, was invited to speak at the annual Religious Life Lecture Series hosted at King’s University College. According to Rabbi Flanzraich, Judaism, like the other great confessional faiths, shares a remarkable relationship with the Word. In many ways, Judaism was born of the result of a single, majestic revelatory moment on the basis of the revelation of the Word of God. While Jews are born from the word, living with it posses unique and challenging elements. Recent history has shown that the battle to understanding how we can live with the Word, and live with others is one we need an answer to. The quest for these answers was the focus of this lecture.
Convivencia in the 21st Century (September 27, 2007)
Dr. Michael Fahy, an Academic of Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, was brought to King’s University College on September 27, 2007, by the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning in partnership with the University’s annual Religious Life Lecture Series. Through media and film, Dr. Fahy addressed the tenuous relationship between the followers of the three great Abrahamic faiths. Specifically, he addressed the following questions: How should medieval Christendom’s response to Judaism and to Islam be understood today? How might we understand each other in a world torn by violence and discord? The answers to these questions will provide the audience and the foundations for how to work for mutual tolerance, coexistence and even prosperity.
What To Do and What Not To Do (February 8, 2007)
On February 8, 2007, the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning sponsored King’s University College’s annual Religious Life Lecture Series with the wisdom of Dr. David Novak, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and an affluent scholar in Judaism. Dr. Novak shared with the University community his perspective of how Jews and Christians can recognize the truth value of each other’s faith and learn from it, while not giving up their own claims for the truth of Judaism or Christianity.
From Eve to Esther (January 18, 2006)
So many women feel disenfranchised from the sacred text. Blood taboos, the “fall of Eve,” even the manipulation of the matriarchs make us uncomfortable. Yet there is another way to read the familiar and not-so-familiar narratives of the Jewish Bible: a feminist analysis will yield surprising results and can, it will was argued, even heal those weary of the patriarchal view. On January 18, 2006, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein was invited to speak at King’s College annual Religious Life Lecture Series by the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning. She explored the aforementioned issues by applying the rules of Leviticus against the relationships of Genesis. This lecture was not for women only!
Catholic - Jewish Relations - Never a Dull Moment (November 10, 2004)
On November 10, 2004 the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning welcomed Dr. Eugene Fisher, Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), to King’s University College. Dr. Fisher who is responsible for Catholic-Jewish relations with the NCCB, a position he held for thirty years pending his visit to the University, shared the marked improvement in the relationship between Christianity and Judaism which he has seen develop in the Catholic community. His lecture explored the changing attitudes of the official church and its members; addressed the question “Are the Gospels Anti-Semetic?” and pointed the way toward increased dialogue and celebration of the common Abrahamic heritage.