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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Good Friday Eclipse

Reverend Anne Emry
John 18:1-19:42
A Sermon from the Episcopal Parish of
St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts

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Reverend Anne Emry
John 4:5-42
A Sermon from the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist

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In Nomine Jesu – Good Friday

Reverend Amandus J. Derr
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John
Saint John 18:1 — 19:42

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A Sermon Concerning Matthew 27:25

Pastor John T. Galloway
Wayne Presbyterian Church
A sermon concerning Matthew 27:25 and its role in supporting anti-Semitism.

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