Our Values, Mission and Vision are the foundation of our Institute
and emanate from God’s call to serve and be a blessing to the world.
The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies holds an essential set of
core values to be the foundation of our identity as they define, inform
and guide all of our actions. We therefore commit ourselves to
The Catholic Tradition
that promotes sincere and honest ecumenical exchange and interreligious
dialogue without compromising intellectual integrity or our commitment
to Church teachings and the Jewish-Christian moral heritage from which
the Church’s moral vision is derived.
Service, Stewardship and Collaboration
that is founded on God’s abiding love and God’s call to reconcile
divisions and to advance universal peace while demonstrating
compassion, cooperation, charity and justice.
Free and Open Discourse, Study and Creative
that promotes the dignity of all persons and seeks to deepen
Jewish-Christian dialogue and collaboration.
Responsibility for Continued Growth
in greater understanding and wisdom, including intellectual
development, moral formation and continuous self-reflection,
improvement and correction.
as a driving force in teaching, research, scholarship, publication,
engagement and service in all areas.
Our mission is to develop, encourage and increase the collaborative
peace-building efforts of Jewish and Christian scholars, theologians,
educators and students through local, national and international
research, publication, education and engagement.
We forward our mission by conducting and publishing in-depth
research, sponsoring educational programs and convening interreligious,
scholarly exchanges and public forums devoted to examining the Church’s
rootedness in Judaism and to studying the academic and historical
aspects of Jewish-Christian relations. Through this critical awareness,
we endeavor to collaborate with Jewish and Christian scholars and
theologians as we instruct and shape educators and students:
To integrate and strengthen
shared fundamental values, practices, traditions and principles that
guide moral decisions and offer deeper insights into the mystery of God
and his creation.
To examine and correct
theological, textual and cultural fallacies and assumptions that result
in religious bigotry, animosity, negative images and conflict.
increasingly complex religious, ethical and social issues in order to
promote justice and peace.
in research, programs and initiatives that contribute to the search for
justice and peace in the world.
the Jewish heritage and its impact in the daily lives of both Jews and
the ways in which the Church is indebted to the Jewish tradition in her
inner life, prayers and liturgical practices.
Our vision is to be internationally recognized as a premier center
of research, publication, education and engagement in Jewish-Christian
studies and relations and a leading catalyst in uniting Jews and
Christians in building a more just and peaceful world.
To realize our vision, we will center our resources, programs and
Forging strong partnerships
with diverse global leaders, organizations, foundations, communities,
scholars and theologians.
Collaborating with educators, students and all persons of
who are committed to joining with us in forwarding our mission and
answering God’s call to advance peace throughout our world.