- Created: August 22, 2008
- Written by Philip A. Cunningham
The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations is an association of centers and institutes in the United States and Canada devoted to enhancing mutual understanding between Jews and Christians. It is dedicated to research, publication, educational programming, and interreligious dialogue that respect the religious integrity and self-understanding of the various strands of the Jewish and Christian traditions.
As its name suggests, the Council serves as a network for the sharing of information, research, and resources among academic and educational organizations. While most of these are centers or institutes are located in North America, there are also affiliate members from overseas. Representatives from major Christian and Jewish agencies and religious bodies in the United States are also members.
The Council of Centers has these types of memberships -
Regular members: centers, institutes, and similar entities in the United States and Canada with a major concern for Christian-Jewish studies and relations. Each regular member organization is entitled to one vote in Council deliberations.
Affiliate Members: centers, institutes, and similar entities outside the United States with a major concern for Christian-Jewish studies and relations. Affiliate Members have voice but not vote in the affairs of the Council.
Liaison Representatives: national ecclesiastical bodies or national Jewish religious or communal organizations. Liaison Representatives have voice but not vote in the affairs of the Council.
Individual Members: persons active in the field of Christian-Jewish relations whose membership entitles them to website privileges open only to members. Individual members are invited to annual CCJR meetings and to observe the annual business meeting without a vote, which is restricted to the organizational members that form the principal constituency of the CCJR.
- Student Members: Graduate and undergraduate students studying Christian-Jewish relations or related fields may apply for membership with the same privileges as Individual Members.