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Gathering Around the Tree of Life: Renewing Jewish-Lutheran Relations in times of social hostility and polarization
In 2018, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue on Shabbat, shouting his desire to kill Jews and killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. In the current politically polarizing and conflict-ridden climate, there has been alarming escalation in virulent anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence around the globe.

For Lutherans, Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish writings have received both scholarly attention and internal self-critique within the Lutheran communion. In the process of improving Jewish-Christian relations since 1947 , the position that Lutheran churches rejecting anti-Semitism and affirm the integrity and dignity of the Jewish faith was stated clearly at the LWF Assembly in Budapest in 1984, where the LWF member churches also distanced themselves from Martin Luther’s writings and expressions against Jews.

At the same time, there are many in different parts of the world where Christians do not have direct contact with Jewish friends or neighbors. These shocking news reports and historic theological developments might seem too distant from their lived reality.

Join speakers from Jewish community and Lutheran communion to reflect on ways to renew Jewish-Christians Relations today. Hear from a variety of perspectives on lessons learned during this time of social hostility and polarization.

May 16, 2022 03:00 PM in Zurich

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