Case Study Session with Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College

On October 23, 2009, Rabbi Justus Baird, the Director of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Seminary joined Pluralism Project Research Director Elinor Pierce for a case study session at Boston College. Baird and Pierce were guests at the annual meeting of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations. The session, which included a robust discussion of the case study “A Sign of Division,” also provided an opportunity to explore how the case method is applied in the teaching of religion and theology. This case looks at the ways in which the Middle East conflict often emerges as a challenge to interfaith relations. Baird’s participation – and consultation on the case initiative – is made possible by a grant on “Teaching Pluralism: Case Studies for the Theological and Religious Studies Classroom” from the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Rabbi Baird is currently using Pluralism Project cases in his minimester course at Auburn, “Religious Leadership in a Multifaith World.”