Lecture Tonight at 6PM – Refreshments and Kosher Wine will be from Supersol. This is the first public act of Jewish-Christian encounter in Dolan’s new role in NYC. (He sent me a very nice note upon his arrival.) This will either be very good or a nothing since neither speaker is, in any way, a theologian or visionary. One side is a sociologist embracing the self-focused individualism of American religion, the other side is a defender of the collective and authority but a real nice guy, a gregarious public figure.
Catholic-Jewish interchange will be the subject of the 17th annual Nostra Aetate Dialogue, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the McNally Amphitheatre on Lincoln Center campus. The discussion, “The Future of Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue,” will feature Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, and Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D., the seventh chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Edward Bristow, professor of history at Fordham University, will serve as moderator.
The event is co-sponsored by the Archbishop Hughes Institute on Religion and Culture and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Admission is free and open to the public.The Nostra Aetate Dialogue can be traced to the Nostra Aetate (In Our Time) document, a declaration by the Second Vatican Council stressing the importance of relationships between the church and non-Christian religions.
The Archbishop Hughes Institute on Religion and Culture was established in 1995 to foster Catholic-Jewish dialogue and in addition to the Nostra Aetate Dialogue, hosts the annual Russo Lecture.
Dr. Eisen was very similar to his writings. I noticed that he emphasized experience as his core of religion and its preservation. Although Archbishop Dolan didn’t openly disagree with him, I noticed that he moved away from that direction when he tied the focus on experience with evangelism and fundamentalism. On a similar note, Dr. Eisen seemed to embrace a religion constructed based on Wuthnow. Archbishop Dolan was obviously familiar with the sociological trends but was clearly not pleased about it.
I am having lunch with Dolan this week, so I will refrain from a synopsis of the talk, at least for a few days.