Meeting Program


Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue / Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama

Friday, Oct 24 - Monday, Oct 27, 2014


[pdf version of program and registration. ]

Friday, October 24, 2014
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Arrival and check-in at the Mobile Marriott Hotel (except perhaps for some home hospitality guests).
5:30 p.m. Transfer from the hotel to Ahavas Chesed Synagogue for evening services and Shabbat dinner.
~ 9:00 p.m. Transfer of most members from Ahavas Chesed Synagogue to the Mobile Marriott Hotel.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   (All events today at Ahavas Chesed Synagogue)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast on own.
9:00 a.m. Transfer from hotel (or homes) to Ahavas Chesed Synagogue.
9:30 a.m. Shabbat services at Synagogue.
~ 12:30 p.m. Lunch.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Interreligious dialogue: CCJR members and leadership/honorary board of Mobile C-J dialogue. Three conversations about the Torah portion for the day facilitated by:

  • Adam Gregerman, Saint Joseph's University
  • Mark Winer, Universtiy of St. Thomas (Miami)
  • Peter Zaas, Siena College
6:00 p.m.


7:00 p.m.

Havdallah followed by transfer of all members to Mobile Marriott Hotel.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Breakfast on own at Mobile Marriott Hotel.

8:30 a.m.

Catholic Mass

9:15 a.m.

Christian Bible Service (interreligious) with dialogue around the day's texts, prepared by:

  • Susan Auchincloss, Faith not Fault, Woodstock, NY
  • Joy Blaylock, Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue
  • Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
11:15 a.m.

Bus departure for short sightseeing tour of Mobile, ending with lunch on the causeway. After lunch, bus transfer to Spring Hill College.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

CCJR Panel: "Pope Francis and the Future of the Dialogue" - Byrne Memorial Library

  • Rabbi Noam Marans, Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, American Jewish Committee
  • Rev. Dr. Dennis McManus, Georgetown University; Catholic-Jewish Relations consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
 4:00 p.m.

Public Panel: "Beyond Intolerance and Hate: Interreligious Relationships in the South"
Byrne Memorial Library

  • Scott Douglas, III is executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, a multi-faith, multi-racial, multi-ethnic organization serving families in economic crisis. He has written on social and racial justice inSouthern Exposure, Howard Law Journal,and the National Newspaper Publishers Association

  • Roy Hoffman, novelist and journalist, is former staff writer for the Mobile Press-Register, with a special interest in area culture, religion, and history. He was the recipient of the 2009 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama.

  • Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, is one of the country’s leading experts on the world of extremism and serves as the editor-in-chief of SPLC’s award-winning, quarterly journal, the Intelligence Report, its Hatewatch blog, and its investigative reports.

5:15 p.m. CCJR Reception - Stewartfield, Spring Hill College
6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Annual Shevet Achim Award Celebration - Stewartfield, Spring Hill College

2014 Honoree: Mary C. Boys, SNJM, Union Theological Seminary, NY

8:30 p.m. Bus transfer to Mobile Marriott Hotel.
Monday, October 27, 2014  (All events today at Mobile Marriott Hotel)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast on own hotel.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Annual CCJR Business Meeting (only regular institutional members may vote)
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

CCJR Panel: "American Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant Interactions over Middle East Issues"

  • Adam Gregerman, Saint Joseph's University
  • Peter A. Pettit, Muhlenberg College
  • Emily Soloff, Associate Director, Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, AJC
11:30 a.m.

Conclusion of meeting.

Lunch [on your own]. Hotel shuttles, local drivers, or rental cars to airports -- TBD at meeting. Hotel checkout time is noon.