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Decatur, GA. Dr. Christine Roy Yoder, associate professor of Old Testament language, literature, and exegesis at Columbia Theological Seminary, is one of ten participants who have been engaged in an intensive 13-month educational program on Judaism, co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
The last stage of the program, the Christian Leadership Initiative, took place where it began, in July 2010, in Jerusalem. Participants engaged in ten days of studying Jewish texts and focusing on Jewish concepts of community. Between the two programs in Israel, the ten Christian leaders, representing ten institutions and six religious denominations, engaged in monthly distance-learning sessions, studying classical Jewish texts with leading Israeli scholars.
"Christian Leadership Initiative participants dedicated more than a year to explore Jewish religion, thought, culture and politics in depth," said Rabbi Noam Marans, director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations for the American Jewish Committee. "We look forward to working with them as they apply their expertise to their work in Jewish-Christian relations."
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia: http://www.ctsnet.edu.