Both Judaism and Christianity have long traditions of finding holiness in passionate critics and opponents of religion. Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld and Rev. John Stendahl will lead an exploration of that rich history. How have our communities been able to honor the fierce accusers and troublers of our past? What do we actually mean by terms like heresy, apostasy, or blasphemy, and how can we think about such terms helpfully today? And finally, amid all the modern critiques of organized religion—and in the face of the emergence of the “Nones” as the fastest growing segment of the American religious landscape—how might contemporary Jews and Christians rightly honor the fierce voices of protest and rejection raised against their traditions and congregations?
Event Location: Shir Hadash
1310 Centre Street, Newton, 02459