'Jews, Christians and the Gospels' is topic of Oct. 9 lecture

‘Jews, Christians and the Gospels’ is topic of Oct. 9 lecture

Father Michael McGarry, an expert in Christian-Jewish relations, will discuss “Jews, Christians and the Gospels: Replacing Barriers With Bridges” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the auditorium of Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at St. Thomas and St. John’s University. The talk is also the opening event of the annual St. Paul Seminary Preaching Symposium, which will continue the next day.

McGarry, a member of the Paulist Fathers, is rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. A member of the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he is the author of Christology After Auschwitz and, with Yehezkel Landau, Pope John Paul II in the Holy Land.

In his talk, McGarry will discuss those parts of the Christian Gospels that are associated with either intentional or unintentional denigration of Judaism and the Jewish people. He will suggest ways to reverse these forms of denigration and anti-Semitism.

Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of the Jay Phillips Center, will offer a brief response to McGarry’s talk.

For more information about the lecture, call the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, (651) 962- 5780.