Fr. Baima, Christian Leaders Completing Year-Long Study Of Judaism In Israel
July 19, 2013 -- JERUSALEM – The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, was among sixteen prominent American Christian leaders who completed an intensive 13-month fellowship on Judaism, as part of the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), a partnership of the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute.
The fellowship involved two nine-day residential seminars at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem during which the CLI fellows interacted with Hartman research fellows and engaged in studying Jewish texts, focusing on Jewish concepts of God, ethics and community. In between the two residential seminars, the 16 Christian fellows, representing diverse denominations, have engaged in monthly distance-learning sessions, studying classical Jewish texts with leading Israeli scholars.
“CLI fosters a unique approach in advancing interreligious relations. It provides an open space for Christian leadership to experience and study Judaism and Israel from a Jewish perspective,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. ”We look forward to working with the CLI fellows as they apply their learning to Christian education and Jewish-Christian relations.”
“The mixture of Jewish and Christian scholars challenges all of us,” said Dr. Marcie Lenk, Shalom Hartman Institute’s Co-Director of New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel. “There is an honesty and depth which comes from studying together.”
With generous support from the Allen H. & Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust, CLI, co-sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute and AJC, has been training top leadership of Christian seminaries, denominations and theological schools since 2008. Most of the 41CLI alumni attended the February 2013 inaugural CLI Alumni Study Retreat in Los Angeles at the American Jewish University.
The 2012-2013 fellows of the Christian Leadership Initiative include:
Dr. Paul Alexander, Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL
Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Bill Borror, Consultant, Unity Center, Chester, PA
Dr. Lynn Cohick, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Rev. Dr. Lincoln Galloway, K. Morgan Edwards Associate Professor of Homiletics, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Angela Kim Harkins, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Center for Judaic Studies, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Dr. Robert A. Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education and Professor of Christian Mission and Interreligous Relations, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Rev. Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Fuller Theological School, Pasadena, CA
Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis, Senior Pastor, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY
Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS
Rev. Dr. Gregory Mobley, Professor of Christian Bible, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA
Rev. Dr. Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Rev. Dr. Robert Nash, Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry Studies and Professor of Missions and World Religions, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Michael R. Trice, Assistant Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle, WA