Nostra Aetate Conference

Church and Synagogue: Conceptions of Community in Jewish and Christian Thought

Nov. 8-9, 2015
University of Notre Dame Conference Center
Conference Registration (Free, but required)
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Conference Theme:
How does a religious group think of itself as a unity?  What figures does it employ?  On what notions of collective responsibility and collective agency does it depend?  Fifty years ago, Nostra Aetate, the declaration on the Church’s relation with non-Christian religions, set the bond between Catholics and Jews on a new footing.
To celebrate the document’s fiftieth anniversary, the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame will host a conference on November 8-9, 2015, that considers how Christians and Jews have conceived of their own communities as communities.  The conference will showcase three keynote panels, each composed of one speaker addressing Jewish conceptions of community, and one addressing Christian conceptions of community.  The conference is made possible by the generous support of the Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture, the Liss Endowment for Jewish Studies, and the Crown-Minow Endowment for Jewish Studies.
Nov. 8, 7-9 PM: Community in Ancient Judaism and Christianity
Christine Hayes, Yale University, "Mapping Communities: Israel and the Nations in Biblical and Rabbinic Sources"
Robin Darling Young, Catholic University of America, "Kingdoms of God: Judaea and Armenia in Fifth-Century Christian Epics"
Nov. 9, 9:15-11:45 AM: Graduate Student Panel
Andrew Forsyth, Yale University, "Community, Ethnography, and the Liturgy in Contemporary Christian Ethics"
Bethany Slater, Boston College,“'This Day You Have Become a People': Practicing Hevruta as an Ethics for Communal Formation"
Aaron Pidel, S.J., Notre Dame, "Erich Przywara, the Jews, and Sacral Nationalism"
Nathan Tilley, Notre Dame, "Natural Law and Jewish-Christian Dialogue in David Novak and Robert P. George"
Nov. 9, 1:30-3:30: Community in Medieval Judaism and Christianity
Dean Bell, Spertus Institute, "Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Communities: Ideals and Realities"
Ulrich Lehner, Marquette University, "Collective Agency and Responsibility in Early Modern Catholicism"
Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 PM: Community in Modern Judaism and Christianity
Yehudah Mirsky, Brandeis University, "Sovereign States, Sovereign Selves: Reconstituting Jews, Judaism and Community in the Modern Age"
James Buchanan, Xavier University, "Nostra Aetate and Social Capital: The Challenges of Interfaith Collaboration in Rethinking and Reshaping Community"
*Reception to follow at 8:30pm in the McKenna Atrium, All Attendees Welcome