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The New Testament Interfaith Dialogue Series

June 18-19, 2021

For the last three years, the John A. Widtsoe Foundation has organized interfaith Christian dialogue events focusing on the teachings of the New Testament. These meetings gathered scholars from across the country, representing eight different Christian traditions, to discuss their interpretations of scripture passages to foster a greater understanding, appreciation, and fellowship among the Christian community. For the first time in this project's history, the next meeting will be open to the public both in-person at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. and via Facebook Live. 

For the last three years, the John A. Widtsoe Foundation has organized interfaith Christian dialogue events focusing on the teachings of the New Testament. These meetings gathered scholars from across the country, representing eight different Christian traditions, to discuss their interpretations of scripture passages to foster a greater understanding, appreciation, and fellowship among the Christian community.  

For its fourth New Testament Comparative Passages event, the Widtsoe Foundation is partnering with the Museum of the Bible for a special, two-day meeting where participants may attend morning and afternoon dialogue sessions covering a variety of topics, including the different ways in which their traditions find meaning in Jesus's teachings about the Bread of Life (John 6:47–58) and the Comforter (John 14:15–26). 

The New Testament Interfaith Dialogue Series will be held in person at the Museum of the Bible and live-streamed online through Facebook Live. Virtual attendance is free.

In-person attendance of the event is free, but museum admission is required for entry. 

Please note that if you are attending the event in person, you will need to purchase tickets to the museum for each day you plan to attend and register for the event during checkout.

Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM EDT

General Public (In Person) Free with Admission

General Public (Virtual) Free

 

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New Testament Comparative Passages Schedule

Spring 2019 | USC, Los Angeles, CA

John 3:1-7 (Jesus and Nicodemus, the new birth)

Fall 2019 | Chapman University, Orange, CA

Matthew 3:13-17 (Baptism of Jesus)

Matthew 16:13-20 (Peter's Confession)

Fall 2020 | Virtual Zoom

Luke 9:28-36 (The Transfiguration)

Summer 2021 | Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.

John 6:47-58 (Bread of Life)

John 14: 15-26 (The Comforter/Holy Spirit)

Fall 2021 | TBD

John 15:1-5 (The vine and the branches)

Luke 22:39-46 (Gethsemane)

Spring 2022 | TBD

Luke 16: 19-31; 23:39-43 (Thief on the cross)

John 20-21 (Resurrection)

Fall 2022 | TBD

Matthew 24 (Signs of the Second Coming)

John 1:1-18 (The Word: Jesus' mission)

Join Us in Person

In-person attendance of the event is free, but museum admission is required for entry. After clicking the button below, select the date you wish to attend, then scroll down to select the number of New Testament Interfaith Dialogue tickets you would like.

Watch on Facebook Live

RSVP to our Facebook event, and you'll receive a notification through Facebook when the livestream begins.

Dialogue Speaker Schedule

Friday, June 18 - "The Bread of Life" (John 6:47-58)

Morning Session

  • 8:45 a.m. – Prayer; Welcome from Museum of the Bible & the Widtsoe Foundation

  • 9:15–9:50 a.m. ~ Carlos Campo

  • 9:55–10:20 a.m. ~ Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

  • Short break

  • 10:40–11:15 a.m. ~ Mark Maddix

  • 11:20–11:55 a.m. ~ Robert Millet

  • 12:00–12:30 p.m. ~ Live audience Q&A

Afternoon Session

  • 3:30–4:05 p.m. ~ Bruce Beck

  • 4:10–4:45 p.m. ~ Richard Mouw

  • Short break

  • 5:05–5:40 p.m. ~ Helen Williams

  • 5:45–6:20 p.m. ~ Peter Huff

  • 6:25–7:00 p.m. ~ Live audience Q&A

Saturday, June 19 - "The Comforter" (John 14:15-26)

Morning Session

  • 9:00 a.m. – Prayer

  • 9:15–9:50 a.m. ~ Peter Huff

  • 9:55–10:20 a.m. ~ Helen Williams

  • Short break

  • 10:40–11:15 a.m. ~ Richard Mouw

  • 11:20–11:55 a.m. ~ Bruce Beck

  • 12:00–12:30 p.m. ~ Live audience Q&A

Afternoon Session

  • 2:30–3:05 p.m.~ Robert Millet

  • 3:10–3:45 p.m. ~ Mark Maddix

  • Short break

  • 4:05–4:40 p.m. ~ Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

  • 4:45–5:20 p.m. ~ Carlos Campo

  • 5:25–6:00 p.m. ~ Live audience Q&A

  • 6:00–6:20 p.m. – Closing thoughts from Museum of the Bible & the Widtsoe Foundation

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Helen Williams

Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University

Helen Williams (African Methodist Episcopal) is dean of the graduate school of education and psychology at Pepperdine University and an ordained elder in the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership at the University of Delaware, where she focused on internationalizing the community college. Her present scholarship focuses on education leadership, particularly as it relates to both technology and women.

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Carlos Campo

President of Ashland University

Carlos Campo (Hispanic Evangelical) is the president of Ashland University in Ohio. He is a leading voice in the American Hispanic Evangelical community, including serving as the chair of the Hispanic Education Alliance of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He is also an educational consultant for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Speakers

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Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology

Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (Episcopal) is a professor of practical theology and religious education, as well as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, at Claremont School of Theology. She earned an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, an MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School, an EdD from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and has been active as a professor, scholar, and theological educator for more than 30 years.

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Peter Huff

Chief Missions Officer at Benedictine University

Peter Huff (Roman Catholic) is the chief missions officer at Benedictine University in Illinois. He earned his MDiv at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. in historical theology from Saint Louis University. He has authored material on the history of Christian thought, religious pluralism in the United States, and dialogue among world religions.

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Richard Mouw

President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary

Richard Mouw (Evangelical Calvinist) is president emeritus and professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his MDiv from Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta, followed by a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago. His numerous publications cover topics in Christian theology, civility, and interreligious dialogue.

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Bruce Beck

Director of Religious Studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Bruce Beck (Eastern Orthodox) is the assistant professor of New Testament at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is both interim dean of Hellenic College and director of its religious studies program. Since 2003, he has served as the director of the Pappas Patristic Institute. He received both his MDiv and ThD at Harvard Divinity School, where his area of specialization was New Testament and early Christianity and the history of the interpretation of Scripture.

Mark Maddix

Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Point Loma Nazarene University

Mark Maddix (Nazarene Wesleyan) is a professor of practical theology and dean of the school of theology and Christian ministries at Point Loma Nazarene University. He completed his Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a frequent speaker in the areas of Christian education, spiritual formation, ministry, and online education.

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Robert Millet

Emeritus Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University

Robert Millet (Latter-day Saint) is the emeritus Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD from Florida State University in biblical studies and contemporary theology, and his areas of publication include the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, as well as Christian history and theology.