Evangelical Lutherans work to boost Jewish-Christian relations

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is trying to boost Jewish-Christian relations with a new booklet, ''Talking Points,'' meant to facilitate discussion between Lutherans and Jews.

The idea for the document grew from of a 1994 Lutheran ''Declaration to the Jewish Community,'' denouncing the reformer Martin Luther's ''anti-Judaic diatribes,'' which contributed to the Holocaust.

''We express our urgent desire to live out our faith in Jesus Christ with love and respect for the Jewish people,'' the declaration read.

Among the topics are law and gospel, difficult texts and Jewish concern for Israel.

The ELCA Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations finished drafting ''Talking Points,'' at a meeting last month. Publication is expected by the end of the summer.



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