Whether you lived through the period of Vatican II and witnessed its impact directly, or were born after it and consider it history (or even ancient history), people of many faiths are affected by this ground-breaking, historic Second Vatican Council. The council made historic changes to Catholic church policies and theology. Among them was Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, better known as Nostra Aetate, Latin for "In Our Time." ?Nostra Aetate is now best known as the document that revolutionized the Catholic Church's approach to Jews and Judaism after nearly 2000 years of hostility, but it also acknowledged for the first time ?what is true and holy? in Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and called for dialogue with their practitioners.
A Special Commemorative Event
Nostra Aetate is the Catholic cornerstone for interreligious initiative of Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry.? The initiative was launched after many years of discernment and deliberation and funded by the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation in the form of a major three-year grant. Now in commemoration of Nostra Aetate's 50th anniversary, recognizing its significance in both the church's relations with Jewish community and world religions' communities, Seattle University is organizing a special program ?The Church and World Religions: The Interfaith Future of Vatican II.?
On Wednesday, October 22nd, from 7:00-9:00pm, in Seattle University?s Campion Hall, presenters from six faiths?Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as Catholic and Lutheran Christianity ?will speak Nostra Aetate?s impact on their communities and on the current state of interfaith relations from their perspectives. Instead of the usual panel format, the audience will rotate among six stations, enabling everyone to hear each speaker before gathering to reflect and discuss in a concluding plenary session.
*The Church and World Religions: The Interfaith Future of Vatican II? is free and open to the public. Free tickets are available?here.??