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. 

Teaching in the Program

Fall 2019
"A Pastor, Priest, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar (mitzvah): Worship in Judaism and Christianity"
FACULTY
Fr. Larry Covington, St. Theresa Catholic Church Austin, Texas
Rabbi Alan Freedman, Temple Beth Shalom Austin, Texas
Rev. John Leedy, Associate Pastor, University Presbyterian Church Austin, Texas

Winter 2020
"
Reading Exodus Together: Jewish and African American Witness"
FACULTY
Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim Austin, Texas
Rev. Daryl Horton, Assistant to the Pastor/Youth Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Austin, Texas

Spring 2020
"Exploring Women in the Bible and Theology"
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​​​​​​​Rabbi Amy Cohen, Temple Beth Shalom Austin, Texas
Rev. Krystal Leedy, Associate Pastor , University Presbyterian Church, Austin, 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.