Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry - Shapiro Chair


The Shapiro Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies

The Shapiro Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies at Greenville University seeks to guide students in understanding and appreciating the traditions and practices of Jewish faith communities.

In keeping with the tradition of experiential, hands-on learning, all students participate in class trips to synagogues and other religious sites. The University provides on-campus events that introduce the community to Judaism and to members of the Jewish faith tradition. In addition, the University has established the Samuel Sandmel Annual Lecture Series and offers numerous colloquia, film forums, and recognitions of High Holy Days in which students and members of the community can participate.

Shapiro Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology Christina Smerick says of the program, "I believe that understanding the origins of one's religious faith is crucial to the deepening and strengthening of that faith. Studying and coming to develop an appreciation of Jewish history and thought serves both to develop our students' faith, and to build bridges between Christian and Jewish religious communities. This bridge-building has political and social as well as religious consequences, and seems essential in our world today."

The endowment of the Shapiro Chair of Jewish-Christian studies is made possible by the Charles and M. R. Shapiro Foundation of Chicago.

Learn more about Jewish-Christian studies at Greenville University.

Greenville University continues to seek financial support to fully fund this programming. Your gift today helps support strong spiritual education now and into the future. Thank you for partnering with us in this Christ-centered endeavor.

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