Orthodox Christians in Dialogue with Jews

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Online Seminars

The work of OCDJ is proceeding on the basis of regular online seminar discussions by Orthodox Christian theologians in consultation with our Jewish and ecumenical Christian partners.

Please get in touch (info@ocdj.net) if you would like to be involved and would like the Zoom link for these online seminars.

Autumn 2023

In the autumn of 2023, we held a series of seminars to review aspects of the work in Christian-Jewish dialogue and theological reflection of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, considering how the process and shape of this work may inform our own Orthodox Christian consideration of similar issues and themes.

God's Unfailing Word

2 November 2023

We reviewed God's Unfailing Word, written by the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England

To see the video of this seminar, please contact info@ocdj.net

Preaching and Teaching “With Love and Respect for the Jewish People”

22 November 2023

We reviewed Preaching and Teaching “With Love and Respect for the Jewish People”, written by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

To see the video of this seminar, please contact info@ocdj.net

7 December 2023

We reviewed documents from Catholic-Jewish encounter and dialogue, including the watershed Nostra Aetate, a section from Lumen Gentium, and the 2015 document, “A Reflection on Theological Questions Pertaining to Catholic-Jewish Relations on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate.”

To see the video of this seminar, please contact info@ocdj.net

Winter 2024

On Saturday 3 February 2024, we held a public presentation and discussion of the motivations, paths forward, and aspirations of our project, led by several members of our steering committee, including:

  • Rev Dr Michael Azar, University of Scranton
  • Rev Dr Bogdan Bucur, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Inga Leonova, Editor-in-Chief, The Wheel journal
  • Svetlana Panich, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto


Spring 2024

In the next phase of our consultations, we will give critical consideration to the contributions and legacy of key figures in Christian-Jewish dialogue over the last century.

Jules Isaac

Thursday 7 March
2.30pm ET

With our guest Dr Norman Tobias, we will review the work and legacy of the Jewish historian Jules Isaac (1877-1963) who played a decisive role in Jewish-Christian relations after the Second World War and continues to exert influence today

Communion in the Messiah

April (Date TBD)

We will review the work and legacy of Father Lev Gillet (1893-1980), the French Orthodox Christian priest whose prophetic book Communion in the Messiah, written in 1941, presents ongoing theological and ecclesiological challenges

Cardinal Lustiger

May (Date TBD)

We will then review the work and legacy of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), the “Jewish Cardinal,” whose determination to hold to his Jewish identity as a follower of Jesus has profoundly influenced theological reflection on the Jewish heart of the Christian Church