Efforts to improve Jewish Christian relations cannot be maximized without actions that work to create social change. The American Interfaith Institute is dedicated to providing our members with the necessary tools needed to active powerful ideas into strategic projects that create change and improvements within Jewish Christian relations. We utilize our highly advanced technological services, recording studio, marketing and development capabilities and network of sponsors to activate ideas into powerful projects. Some of the foundation’s most notable accomplishments to this end include partnering with the American Bible Society to publish the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible in 1995, collaborating with members to create Sermons without Prejudice and the Mindful Sermons Campaign.

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Sermons Without Prejudice

The American Interfaith Institute worked with Dick Taylor and Dr. David Ephroymson to create Sermons Without Prejudice, a groundbreaking website dedicated to offering helpful ideas and resources to clergy and to all who read from the Lectionary during Sunday services so that potential anti-Judaism in these readings can be avoided, not fostered or reinforced, however unintentionally.

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Mindful Sermons

Legions of religious leaders and members of the clergy have expressed concern over the various lectionary readings which may convey antagonistic feelings toward Judaism and people of the Jewish faith. These readings, as they are the word of G-d, are taken literally by church-attending Christians who may not be aware of the complicated historical context within which these passages were written. Thus, they may lead to a misinterpreted understanding of the passage. These types of misinterpretations have generated terrible violence and discriminatory perspectives against Jews and the Jewish faith in the past. Thankfully, many Churches are addressing the issue with prophetic self-criticism. Below are a number of Mindful Sermons, devoid of anti-Judaic sentiment that have been written and read by religious leaders around the globe.

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Reverend Susan Auchincloss on John 20:19

Reverend Susan Auchincloss preaches a sermon on John 20:19 by focusing on the phrase, “the doors were locked in fear of the Jews”. Reverend Auchincloss narrows in on the polemic language of this phrase and offers concrete suggestions on how to affirm Christianity without faulting Judaism.

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The Challenges and Choices of Good Friday

The Very Reverend William H. Petersen
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 18:1 – 19:37
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 / Psalm 22: – 21 / Hebrews 10:1 – 25

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How to Read the Passion Narrative

Sister Maureena Fritz
Founder: Bat Kol
John: 18.1-19.42

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Is the Cross a Sword of Division?

Reverend John Pawlikowski
Isaiah 52: 13 – 15:12 / Hebrews 4:14 -16 5:7-9 / John 18:1-19, 42

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A Sacred Obligation

Reverend Ray Gaston
Anglican Priest and Authorised Minister in the Methodist Church
“Theologian Kendall Soulen points out that because Christianity is …”

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A Dangerous Week

Reverend Anne Emry
Episcopal Parish at St. John the Evangelist
Matthew 27:25

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