Dr. James Buchanan, director of Xavier’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, is among Christian scholars from seminaries, universities, denominations, and congregations across North America gathering in Los Angeles from February 8-10 for the inaugural Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) Alumni Study Retreat.
“CLI gathers a unique core group of Christian scholars and introduces them to classical Jewish text study in the context of modern Israel,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. “The Alumni Study Retreat is another step toward realizing our dream of a multi-cohort CLI community that will have an indelible positive impact on Christian-Jewish relations.”
Now in its sixth year, CLI is an intensive 13-month educational program beginning and ending with 10-day seminars in Jerusalem. Monthly distance learning enables participants to continue their studies while working in their home communities. The retreat will focus on joint Jewish-Christian learning about the Holy Land, building on CLI foundational immersion in the themes of God, ethics, and community in Judaism. During the retreat, scholars will introduce New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel, an innovative curriculum on Israel, which invites North American Christians to experience a sustained engagement with Israel in its contemporary reality and its complex challenges
The event is sponsored by American Jewish Committee and Shalom Hartman Institute, which together host the annual CLI program. The CLI Alumni Study Retreat is supported by the Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust and the Levine Institute for Building Interethnic and Interreligious Partnerships.