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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. 

Program cost

Each course is $380; there is a one-time application fee of $25.

Upcoming Courses

Fall 2021:  September 7-November 12, 2021
Deadline for Admission to the Certificate Program (one time): August 13, 2021
Registration: August 9-27, 2021

CJCR.007 "The Philosophical Theology of Emmanuel Levinas"
COURSE: The highly original thought of the preeminent Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995) continues to have major influence upon cutting-edge philosophy, theology, and ethics. The goal of this class will be to stimulate creative theological, ethical, and philosophical reflection through close engagement with select essays from Levinas’s mature philosophical writings. Students explore major elements of Levinas’s thought and consider constructive contributions to current theological, ethical, or political understandings. FACULTY:
Dr. William Greenway, professor of philosophical theology, Austin Seminary

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.