Out of Dialogue Emerges a New Passion Play

April 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe


On April 8, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "After Palm Sunday services at First Congregational Church, during which the blue-robed choir led 'All Glory, Laud and Honor,' 10 men resumed the task of transforming the chancel into a replica of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Come tomorrow, Good Friday, this church will debut 'Jesus and the City,' a Passion play written by its pastor, its initial draft crafted last summer, when few were thinking about a certain action hero's take on the crucifixion, and its last draft tweaked after the Rev. Christopher Emerson saw Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion of the Christ.'... In writing 'Jesus and the City,' Emerson, a member of a Christian-Jewish dialogue group and Christian cochairman of Manchester's newly formed Interfaith Council, aims to tell what he calls a theologically and historically accurate story, absent the anti-Semitic overtones that over the centuries helped fuel violence against Jews at Eastertime."