As a member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, Assumption University has signed on to a statement calling for churches to confront anti-Semitism.
The council is a network of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars devoted to the study of the history of Jewish-Christian relations and to promoting interreligious understanding and dialogue. Assumption is just the second Canadian university to join.
Its statement, “A National Reckoning of the Soul: A Call to the Churches of the United States to Confront the Crisis of Antisemitism,” was issued in response to rising levels of anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence. It urges Christian leaders to encourage their congregations to reflect upon the significance for Christian faith of Jesus’ own identity as a Jew.