A Jewish Guide to Interreligious Relations by A. James Rudin

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The Evangelical-Jewish encounter that began at that time was the “third wave” in interreligious relations in the United States. 36 A Jewish Guide to Interreligious Relations The liberal/mainline Protestant churches were the first to enter into significant dialogues with Jews after World War II, and the Roman Catholic Church followed them in 1965. The first Southern Baptist-Jewish national conference took place in 1969 in Louisville, Kentucky, and the first Evangelical-Jewish national meeting was in New York City in 1975.

The Presbyterian Church has a number of Hispanic, Asian, and black members. In 1970 church membership numbered slightly over four million, but Presbyterians, like many other mainline churches, have suffered a steady drop in membership. Some have attributed this decline to the church’s very visible, highprofile liberal stance on many controversial issues. ” Elected elders, both clergy and lay, govern the church, which prides itself on a democratic method of conducting its activities, including the development of liturgy and theology.

The revolutionary change in Catholic-Jewish relations began in 1965 at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. The world’s Catholic bishops issued the landmark Nostra Aetate declaration, an authoritative Catholic teaching that repudiated the false belief that Jews are guilty of deicide.

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