Sept. 19 Workshop to Focus on Jesus, Jews and Christians

Mary C. Boys, a leading Catholic expert on Christian-Jewish relations, will lead a workshop titled “Jesus, Jews and Christians: Redeeming Our Sacred Story” from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis.

Mary C. Boys

Mary C. Boys

The workshop, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in conjunction with the Minnesota Council of Churches Respectful Conversations Project, is free and open to the public but registration is required.  People may register by Sept. 15 here or by calling (612) 230-3211.

The workshop will begin with a presentation by Boys. Participants will then discuss the content of her presentation in small groups in the manner designed for the Respectful Conversations Project.  Following this, participants will engage directly with Boys.

“The story of Jesus, particularly of his death and resurrection, lies at the core of Christian faith and identity,” said Boys.  “From generation to generation, different tellings of this story have functioned in sacred and saving ways for Christians. Yet there have also been and remain troubling tellings, including those that present a caricature of Jews and the Judaism of Jesus’ time and that falsely blame Jews — even “the Jews” — for the crucifixion of Jesus.”

According to Boys, these troubling tellings have fostered hostility and violence against Jews and misunderstanding of Christianity’s central story among Christians.  Drawing on her recently published book, Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations Between Jews and Christians,she will explore what it takes to redeem Christianity’s story of redemption from the versions of it that have had negative consequences for both Jews and Christians.

Boys is dean of academic affairs and the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where she has taught for 20 years.  She previously served for 17 years on the faculty of Boston College.

The author of six books and nearly 100 articles, Boys earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University and has received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Catholic Theological Union, Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Gratz College.

Boys is a native of Seattle and has been a member since 1965 of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

The Jay Phillips Center is a joint enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville.