Engaging the World Forum explores religious intolerance


The Engaging the World Forum, where people of faith look at and share thoughts on challenging issues of contemporary life, will meet on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m., in the Carriage House at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church on Main Street in Roxbury.
This forum will feature an interview with noted author and columnist James Carroll filmed at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on March 9 on the topic “Exploring the Roots of Religious Intolerance.” The conversation begins with an exploration of the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, central to Christianity but very troubling to followers of Judaism. Dean Lloyd of the Cathedral asks, “What do we do if our sacred text is historically inaccurate, but it is telling the most sacred story of Christian people?”
James Carroll is a novelist, essayist, and nonfiction writer whose bestselling 2001 book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews explores the history of anti-Semitism in the West. He is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular participant in ongoing Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogues at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Following the filmed presentation, there will be a time for sharing thoughts and ideas on the subject. All are welcome. Childcare is provided. For further information call Rev. Richard Dykstra at 607 326-7101 or Amie Brockway at 586-1689 or e-mail: gouldchurch@catskill.net.