Report on Activities

Aug-Sep, 2002

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Report of President

“And what then is the purpose of dialogue?  It is an invitation to learn. Dialogue is a means for enhancing personal growth and understanding through a mutual search for truth.”

Marvin R. Wilson, Our Father Abraham: Jewish roots of the Christian Faith (Grand Rapids:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989) p. 326

“What, then, is the purpose of interreligious cooperation?  It is neither to flatter nor to refute one another, but to help one another; to share insight and learning, to cooperate in academic ventures on the highest scholarly level and, what is even more important, to search in the wilderness for wellsprings of devotion, for treasures of stillness, for the power of love and the care for man.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, in address, No Religion Is an Island (New York:  Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996) p. 249


Greetings!  As summer draws to close, I want to thank everyone for their help and enthusiasm in these first few months of my being president of the dialogue.  The attendance has been great, and the energy level at the August 4 program planning meeting was wonderful – many ideas were offered.  The sharing which took place at the August 11 meeting helped me to know some of you better.  The fall schedule looks like it will be really exciting!

Again, thank you for your enthusiasm and support for the new leadership team.  We are all excited about the possibilities ahead.

                        Blessings and Shalom,



Calendar Change

The November Dialogue date has been changed to the 17th.  Sister Leanne Jablonski, PhD. will be presenting.  It will be held at the United Theological Seminary in the Bonebrake Chapel. We will convene at 7:00 p.m.  Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program.


Report on Picnic

The August picnic was a happy gathering of new and old friends of dialogue, discussing and sharing their personal views on the topic, “Why we’re here and where we’re going.”  The DCJD history includes three decades of openness and willingness to share in community.  The serendipitous beginnning of the Christian Jewish Dialogue (now a worldwide phenomenon) was a memorable meeting in the Rubenstein home in Dayton.  Some of the early pioneers of the DCJD at that meeting include long time members Sophie Rubenstein, (now living in Hawaii), Shirley Flacks and Father Jack Kelley.  Plans for the new schedule were part of the group dicussion, as the DCJD members anticipated the future Dialogues together.


Thanks to the Golovcsenko family for their hospitality in welcoming the Dialogue to their home.

Thanks to the Garfunkel’s for their generous welcome to the 18 members who came and presented some great ideas at the August planning meeting.


Father Bert Buby celebrated 50 years of ministry on September 1st.


Respectfully submitted,

Donna Bealer, Secretary

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