Join us on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 1:00 – 7:00pm for a half-day conference of reflections and conversation about the changing nature of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian interfaith work since 1965.
Join people from all faiths for a regional interfaith conference entitled “Sacred Threads: The Complex Tapestry of Interfaith Relations” to explore the remarkable content of Nostra Aetate — the 1965 watershed document issued by Vatican II that set into motion introspection, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue.
Through the groundbreaking declaration Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church began its long journey toward meaningful interfaith dialogue. For the first time, the Church stated its intent to revere “the work of G-d in all major faith traditions.” An outcome of Vatican II, it focused, in part, on the fraught relationships between Catholics and Jews. It was informed by the Holocaust and committed the Church to end antisemitic and anti-Jewish practices. While this document set the course for interfaith healing, continuing antisemitic sentiment makes painfully clear this ancient hatred is alive, well, and a threat.
Nostra Aetate additionally addresses the Church’s relationship to Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Our Sacred Threads Conference will feature Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars who are building on the work of Nostra Aetate. The program will empower people of faith, from all faiths, to reflect on the steps needed today to counter antisemitism, Islamophobia, and advance interfaith understanding.
The conference will also include music, poetry, art, spirituality, and small group discussions and dialogue. We will end our program with an original musical composition based on Nostra Aetate by Beth Schafer, Jewish musician and composer, and Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Christian musician, composer and educator – a composition many years in the making. We will end the conference celebrating our fellowship with a wine and cheese reception that will start at 6:00 pm.
Partners in planning the conference include Belmont Abbey College, the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University, MeckMIN, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. The conference is additionally sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, Paulist Fathers, Temple Beth El of Charlotte, Temple Emanuel of Gastonia, Temple Sinai of Atlanta, Janet and Mark Epstein, Lynda and William Gross, Richard Osborne, and Marshall Rauch.
Registration closes: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Location: Queens University of Charlotte and Myers Park Baptist Church
Virtual Option: Participants can attend virtually (through Zoom)
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