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Friday, November 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Breakout 2.02: Catholic and Jewish Insights in Religious Education

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Reflections on the Tree of Life: Noah, the flood and the Tower of Babel
Deborah Court (Bar-Ilan University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] In Judaism the Torah is represented as a Tree of Life, a source of wisdom and happiness. Every religion's holy scriptures contain depths of wisdom which can help us find our way in this troubled world. This session will be based in the Jewish tradition of searching for through study of the weekly Torah portion. The portion during the REA conference is Noah, the stories of the flood and the Tower of Babel. Commentaries on these stories will be discussed, and dialogue generated about how scriptural study from all traditions can help us address questions raised by the conference theme.

How do you teach it (In our day)?: Examining portrayals of Jews and Judaism in Catholic catechesis.
Graham McDonough (University of Victoria)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Today, more than 50 years after the Second Vatican Council issued Nostra Aetate (1965), how well does Catholic catechesis present Jews and Judaism? This presentation examines Catholic catechetical materials to answer that question. It finds that curricular representations of Jews and Judaism, no matter how well-meaning, are often simplistic to the degree that they may enable the conditions that reproduce supercessionist thinking and attitudes. Its conclusion argues that current curricula would be improved if they were revised to include strong and generous presentations of Jews and Judaism.

Keywords: catechesis, catholic, catholicism, connecting religions , human experience, judaism, lgbtqia+, noah, nostra aetate, pluralism, queer theology, supersessionism, torah insights, tower of babel, tree of life.

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Theresa O'Keefe

Professor, Boston College
Youth and young adult ministry. Oh, and sailing!

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Deborah Court

Associate Professor, Bar-Ilan University
Deborah Court is a retired associate professor in the School of Education at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Her research centers on school culture, religious education, interfaith and intercultural education, the nature of teachers' knowledge, and qualitative research methodologies... Read More →

Graham McDonough

Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Friday November 1, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Algonquin A
  Breakout, Research Interest Group

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