|Report on the Second Annual Meeting|
Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts, October 26-27, 2003
Sunday, October 26
Monday, October 27
The CCJR was pleased to welcome to Rev. Norbert Hofmann, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews as a special guest to the annual meeting. New delegates from member organizations were also welcomed: James Barrens, new director of regular member the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University, St. Leo Florida, and David Elcott, liaison representative for the American Jewish Committee, New York City.
A discussion of the previous evening's panel began the morning session. Our thanks to Kendall Soulen for joining in the conversation.
Next occurred the annual "How It Looks From Here" panel presentation that highlights the work of selected member centers. This year's panel was devoted to centers that focus on the holocaust. Lois Sculco chaired the panel, which consisted of:
(l to r:) Gemma Del Duca, Michael Signer, Racelle Weiman, Lois Sculco
The panel was followed by a brief presentation by Philip Cunningham of Boston College on the ongoing controversy surrounding the forthcoming Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of Christ. In the ensuing discussion, a number of centers stated that it would be helpful to them locally if a joint statement on the matter would be prepared on behalf of the CCJR. Members could then refer questioners to this statement. A subcommittee composed of James Barrens, Ruth Langer, and Racelle Weiman was appointed to draft this statement, which would be approved by the Board and then circulated to all the regular members for their endorsement.
[Addendum: since the meeting the sub-committee has submitted a draft submitted to the Board that was then circulated to all regular members, who approved it unanimously. It may be found under "Statements" on the website, entitled: "Statement on the Controversies Surrounding Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ" and is available in printable .pdf format.]
After lunch, the chair, Peter Pettit, convened the business meeting. The following actions were taken:
The Secretary-Treasurer's financial report for 2002-2003 and proposed budget for 2003-2004 were approved. The latter item includes the annual CCJR dues to the International Conference of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). Copies are available to members upon request.
A new regular member was approved for membership. This is The Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. We welcome Dr. Elena G. Procario-Foley to the CCJR!
A new associate member was approved for membership, the Interfaith Encounter Association in Jerusalem, Israel. We welcome Yehuda Stolov to the CCJR!
The chair reported on a more streamlined process for new member applications. Regularized forms are being prepared.
The chair further reported that a brochure describing the work of the CCJR and the field of Christian-Jewish relations is also in preparation.
The Third Annual CCJR meeting will occur on October 24-25, 2004 and will be hosted by the Hayyim Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies at Siena College in Loudonville, New York (on the outskirts of Albany). Further details will be announced.