Professor Mary Boys and Blu Greenberg will have a candid conversation
about women of faith and Jewish-Christian Relations at the Dr. Marcia
Robbins Wilf Lecture, a program of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for
Education in Jewish-Christian Studies, on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. in
Jubilee Hall Atrium.
Sister Mary Boys is Dean of Academic Affairs at Union Theological
Seminary in Manhattan, where she has been the Skinner and McAlpin
Professor of Practical Theology since 1994. Prior to this appointment,
she was on the faculty of Boston College for 17 years. Sister Mary Boys
received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in a
joint program with Union Theological Seminary. She has also done
advanced study at the Ecumenical Institute of Theological Research in
Jerusalem. She has received honorary doctorates form Hebrew
College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Catholic Theological Union,
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Gratz College. She was
the 2005 recipient of the Sternberg Award from the International Council
of Christian and Jews. Author of five books, Her most recent, Redeeming
Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations Between Jews and
Christians, was published last year.
Blu Greenberg, author, activist and co-founder of the Jewish
Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is committed to building bridges between
women of various faiths. She holds a master’s degree in clinical
psychology from the City University of New York, a master’s of science
degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University, and has been honored
for her work, particularly in Israel. Among her most widely-read books
are On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition and Black Bread Poems
After the Holocaust. Ms. Greenberg and her husband, Rabbi Irving (Yitz)
Greenberg, were close friends of the late Sister Rose Thering, for whom
the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies
is named. Both Blu and Yitz Greenberg will be honored on May 4 as
Founders of the Sister Rose Thering Fund.
Anthony Sciglitano, Ph.D., will moderate the Robbins Wilf Lecture.
He is chairman of Seton Hall University’s Department of Religion.
Deborah Lerner Duane, chairman of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, said, "We are honored to have these two remarkable scholars address our third
annual Robbins Wilf Lecture. Each brings her own experience, insight
and understanding to the timely topic of interfaith relations, and we
look forward to both an inspiring presentation and lively give-and-take
following the formal portion of the program."
In 2009, Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf, a trustee of the Sister Rose
Thering Fund, endowed the lecture series that bears her name. Her
vision for the series is to present meaningful speakers and programs
that will further the work of the late Sister Rose, whose lifelong
efforts built important bridges of understanding, compassion and trust
between Jews and Christians.
The Robbins Wilf Lecture is one of the events included in Seton
Hall's Building Bridges: Sixty Years of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
endeavor, commemorating the University’s significant role in promoting
the Church's relationship with the Jewish community at local, national,
and international levels. These events celebrate, advance and expand
this legacy of interfaith dialogue.
The Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture is open to the public and free of charge.
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