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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

Winter 2022: January 4 – March 11, 2022
Deadline for admission: December 10
Registration: December 6-24

CJCR.008 "Modeling Appropriate Relations with the Texts: Conversations with the Book of Judges"

COURSE: In this course, we engage closely with the stories and narratives in Judges where "texts of terror" have posed challenges to readers shaped by both Christian and Jewish traditions.  Students explore the many questions, conversations, and interpretations that the stories have inspired, as well as the voices that may have been neglected in the story world and in communities of practice. Students join in conversation and develop their own appropriate practices for listening to, engaging with, and speaking about the Judges stories.

FACULTY: Profs. Susan Lippe and Margaret Talbot

Spring 2022: March 28 – June 3, 2022
Deadline for admission: March 4
Registration: February 28 – March 18

CJCR.009 "From Polemic to Possibilities: Prophet-able Reading"

COURSE: Jewish and Christian understandings of justice are firmly rooted in scripture, but our traditions do not always agree on their readings. Do such differing readings lead to different guidance for living? Students read texts that both Jews and Christians encounter to see what can be learned from variant traditions of interpretation.

FACULTY: Profs. Whit Bodman and Susan Lippe

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.