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Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship

Are you curious about the relationship between Judaism and Christianity and want to learn more? Are you troubled by the often violent history—past and present—that has plagued that relationship and yet hopeful for pathways of peace between these traditions? Do you seek deeper relationships with your neighbor as you grow together in understanding? Austin Seminary’s Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship is designed to explore these questions, to increase interfaith understanding, and to foster friendships across traditions. Courses are team taught on-line by clergy and professors from both traditions who model collaborative and creative learning through relationship.

What you'll learn

The basic certificate includes the following coursework:

Sacred Texts (1 course) Courses in this area emphasize the practice of reading biblical texts together and the new horizons that open when we listen to each other interpret these texts. 

History and Theology (1 course) Courses in this area explore the development of these religious traditions over time, including the perennial - and changing - questions of faith.

Justice and Ethics (1 course) Courses in this area explore the question of the good life, ethical teachings of each tradition, the call to mend the world, and to love one’s neighbor. Courses in this area might include an intensive face-to-face session that includes a service project.

Worship (1 course) Courses in this area deepen students’ understanding and engagement of the worship life of each tradition. Courses in this area might include an intensive face-to-face session that involves exposure to liturgy in one or both traditions. 

Upcoming Courses

FALL 2020: September 8 - November 13
Deadline for admission: August 17
Registration: July 27–Aug, 21
“Jerusalem: The Holy City in History, Theology, and Conflict"
COURSE This course surveys the history of Jerusalem from biblical times to the present, with attention to its place(s) in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theologies. We consider the nature of pilgrimage and sacred space, the role of Jerusalem in liturgy, theology, and eschatology, and relations among the Abrahamic religions.
Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim Austin, Texas
Rev. Dr. Whit Bodman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion

WINTER 2021: January 4 - March 12
Deadline for admission: December 1
Registration: November 6–December 4
"Beginnings, Sinnings, and Underpinnings: Reading Genesis Together"
COURSE: Genesis is beloved and well-known to Christians and Jews. The text is full of complexities about the origins of humanity, the divine/human relationship, and the development of social and theological structures. This cross-religious exploration examines Genesis and how it is read similarly and differently across traditions. We also explore Genesis's use in New Testament texts to examine Jewish and Christian interpretive approaches to scripture.
Rev. Gregory Han, Director of Interfaith Relations, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
Rabbi Steve Morgen, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, Texas

How to enroll

If you are interested in this program, please fill out the "Apply Now" form to the right. Please allow up to two weeks for us to process your application. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will be emailed information to register.