The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies


Lux Center Dinner

An evening of shared understanding
Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D. and
The Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, S.T.D.

Sunday, April 21, 2013



The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology is pleased to present Professor Levine and Bishop Sklba for an evening of insight, reflection and fellowship.

This engaging program, which brings together two of the leading American voices on Christian-Jewish dialogue, is a benefit for the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology near Hales Corners, Wis. The Lux Center, the only program of its kind at a Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States, is dedicated to advancing mutual respect between Catholics and Jews through public events and through the formation of future priests who are prepared to promote interfaith dialogue.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, Wisconsin
5:00 p.m. Social, 5:50 Dinner, followed by presentations.

The dinner provides a wide range of sponsorship opportunities.


Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, will present: Why reading the New Testament will make you a better Jew.

Amy-Jill Levine edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford, 2011). Previous books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne, 2006), and the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton, 2006). She has held leadership positions in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies.

The Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, emeritus auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will present: Why understanding Judaism will make you a better Christian.

Bishop Richard Sklba is former chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and chaired the sub-committee on the Review of Scripture Translations. He also taught Scripture at Sacred Heart School of Theology from 2006 through 2009. He holds an STD degree from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The evening's meal will observe Jewish dietary laws.

The cost of an individual ticket for this benefit dinner is $125. For more information or to reserve a place, please contact the Lux Center at 414-529-6966 or email

See also table sponsorship opportunities.


Past Lux Center programs and activities

Lux Center lecture focusses on biblical resources for peacemaking



The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology recently hosted a lecture by Professor Yehezkel Landau of Hartford Seminary entitled Biblical Resources for Peacemaking: Liberating Lessons from Genesis.

In his Feb. 12 talk, Professor Landau examined passages in Genesis that offer lessons for healing conflict and building peace.

He noted, “The Creation story and episodes in the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs can teach us how to wage peace in a culture of violence. While many theologians cite the Exodus narrative on this topic, Genesis presents a vision based on transforming sibling rivalry and gender injustice.”

Concrete examples from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be used to ground the discussion.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard, Landau immigrated to Israel in 1978. A dual Israeli-American citizen, he is a noted author and lecturer, and has been a leader in the fields of interfaith education and Jewish-Arab peacemaking. At Hartford Seminary, Professor Landau directs an interfaith training program for Jews, Christians, and Muslims called “Building Abrahamic Partnerships.”

This was the second annual winter lecture presented by The Lux Center. The Lux Center was established in 2010 to honor the career of Sacred Heart Professor Emeritus Richard Lux, and is North America’s only seminary-based center for Catholic-Jewish studies. It provides public resources related to Catholic-Jewish dialog, including this lecture and a significant library collection on the topic. It also funds seminarians’ study of Judaism in the classroom and in Israel.

Lux Center hosts goodwill visit by IEA founder Stolov



Dr. Richard Lux and other Lux Center officials hosted Dr. Yehuda Stolov, founder and executive director of Jerusalem's Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) on Oct. 25. They discussed the IEA's work and areas of mutual interest.

Dr. Lux describes Center's mission in new video

The Lux Center has recently released a video featuring Dr. Lux describing the rationale and goals of the Lux Center. See it here.



Dr. Ruth Langer keynotes inaugural lecture

Photo of Dr. Langer lecturing






As its inaugural public event, the Lux Center hosted a lecture by Dr. Ruth Langer of Boston College on March 6. Rabbi Langer presented "Approaches to our Sacred Text: Jews and Christians Living with the Bible."

Kickoff dinner a great success

The Lux Center's Kickoff Dinner on May 11, 2010 was a great success. Read the news release.






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