Young Jewish, Catholic leaders meet
June 24, 2009
ROME (JTA) -- About 50 young Jewish and Catholic leaders gathered near Rome at a conference sponsored by Vatican and Jewish interfaith bodies.
Some 25 Jewish and 25 Catholic delegates from a number of countries are taking part in what organizers are calling the "first Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference to promote and facilitate the next generation of leadership in Catholic-Jewish relations."
Hosted by the Vatican and convened by the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, "Discovering Common Values: a Catholic-Jewish Leadership Conference" is taking place at Pope Benedict XVI's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
The program, which ends Thursday, includes seminars about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, training sessions for Catholic-Jewish engagement, and discussion on issues facing Catholics and Jews today.
The International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC)—the convened body of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC)—is delighted to announce the first Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference to promote and facilitate the next generation of leadership in Catholic-Jewish relations.
A Steering Committee of emerging leaders was convened in Budapest, Hungary, from 6 November through 9 November, 2008, just prior to the 20th ILC meeting, also held in Budapest. The group of six Catholic participants and five Jewish participants spent an extended weekend learning from one another, visiting local religious communities, and discussing the program for the upcoming emerging leaders conference. These young leaders then served as full delegates to the ILC meeting—the first formal inclusion of next-generation leaders in this forum. The theme and draft program for the upcoming conference emerged over the course of these meetings.
“Discovering Common Values: A Catholic-Jewish Leadership Conference” is scheduled to take place from 21 June through 25 June, 2009 in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The conference will include seminars about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, training sessions for Catholic-Jewish engagement, and an opportunity for participants to identify and discuss the current issues they see facing Catholics and Jews today. The program will also include opportunities for visiting local religious communities and participating in a social action project.
The Conference is expected to be comprised of twenty-five Catholic delegates and twenty-five Jewish delegates. Participants should be between the ages of 20 and 35 and should demonstrate a strong Jewish educational background and a keen commitment to interreligious affairs. Although delegates are not required to be employed in the field of interreligious affairs, this program is specifically targeted towards those who will be able to take the lessons and messages of this conference and extend them to their local networks and communities.
Any questions or comments regarding the Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference can be directed to Rabbi Leslie Bergson at (212) 751-4000, x460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.