Educational Resources

Education is the foundation for change. Since its inception over 30 years ago, the American Interfaith Institute has published and marketed a broad variety of books and papers on behalf of our members that educate the community at large about Jewish-Christian relations. These educational resources cover a wide variety of subjects which weigh in on where religious perils originate, how they are being perpetuated and what can be done to resolve them.

Webinar Resources and Archive

50 Years of Interreligious Dialogue in Latin America

An American Interfaith Institute video. Discussion of the concrete, rather than abstract, nature of interfaith dialogue; that dialogue is a means rather than an end in itself, and the need to determine the impact of the work of organizations and individuals engaged in dialogue.

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A Mindful Sermon

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

Wrestling with Tradition: Christians and Jews in Dialogue about the Revised Common Lectionary

On April 7, 2014, a number of religious leaders and scholars met at the Interchurch Center in New York City to discuss issues raised in the appointed Holy Week readings of the Revised Common Lectionary. Featured speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders include Amandus J. Derr, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Diane L. Jacobson, William H. Petersen, Peter J. Rubinstein, and Amy C. Schifrin. The American Interfaith Institute hosted a live webinar of the conference.

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These articles, also known as Explorations, have been written by members of the American Interfaith Institute; distinguished scholars, religious leaders, and religious professors at the most prestigious universities in the world. These articles cover a wide variety of subjects which weigh in on where religious perils originate, how they are being perpetuated and what can be done to resolve them. Each author uses intellectually honest and faithfully accurate information to correct misconceptions that can hinder the relationship between the Jewish and Christian faiths. One of our scholars, James H. Charlesworth, noted the following about the importance of the American Interfaith Institute and the articles written under its auspices: “Philosophers know that describing ‘what a thing is not’ never clarifies ‘what it is.’ All the universe must be exhaustively negated except one solitary thing or person. Grammarians show that good English is to be written without the use of negatives, especially double negatives, whenever possible. Phenomenologists and sociologists know differently. If those who read what you write think they know what you mean before you write it, but are wrong, it is best to say ‘this is not what I mean’ before it is wrongly interpreted. Prejudices often blind the reader to what is actually written. Perhaps, therefore, it is appropriate to say a few words about what this collection of articles is not. There is no hidden agenda. Note well: it is not a missionary tract aiming to convert Christians to Judaism or Jews to Christianity; it does not presume to have answers to all or even most of the problems causing distrust between Jews and Christians; it does not seek to ignore, or stress, the differences among Jews and Christians; it does not seek to question the integrity of the confessional perspectives of Judaism and Christianity. That being said, we invite you to explore our thought-provoking collection, arranged by topic in the menu on the right.