AJC New York and Auburn Seminary to Host Discussion of The Passion of the Christ

March 15, 2004

March 15, 2004 -  New York – Auburn Theological Seminary and the American Jewish Committee’s New York Chapter are co-sponsoring a panel discussion on The Passion of the Christ on Wednesday, March 17, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Auburn Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street.

Three weeks after the film’s release, the program, “The Passion of the Christ”: Assessing the Impact of a Religious Blockbuster, assembles Christian and Jewish experts to address the movie in the context of the Gospels, Post-Vatican II liberal and Evangelical Christianity, and Christian and Jewish approaches to key texts.

"We have invited theologians from the Evangelical Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths to help us go beyond current rhetoric and culture war clichés about The Passion of the Christ," said Diane Steinman, director of AJC's New York chapter. "Speakers will probe the religious meaning of the film's message and images, and discuss its effects on Christians as well as on Christian-Jewish relations."

Rev. Katherine Henderson, Auburn Seminary executive vice-president, and Dr. David Elcott, AJC’s U.S. director of interreligious affairs, will set the stage for the panel discussion.

Panelists include Sister Celia Deutch, professor of Judaism and Early Christianity at Barnard College; Rev. Dr. Bill Harter, Presbyterian pastor and past president of Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley; and Rabbi Burton Visotzky, professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rev. Lee Hancock, dean of Auburn Seminary, will moderate the event.

Media are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Diane Steinman at 212-891-1445.


Contact: Kenneth Bandler (212) 891-6771 PR@ajc.org

        Lisa Fingeret Roth (212) 891-1385 rothl@ajc.org

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