Dr. S. Parkes Cadman is the new chairman of the Committee on Goodwill Between Jews and Christians of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, says an announcement issued by the Committee concerning its meeting held recently.
The meeting. the announcement says, approved the following statement as its program:
“To create conditions that will not permit anti-Semitism; to promote tolerance, in the sense of appreciation and mutual respect; further, to undertake a program of actual cooperation in interests which are common.”
The program of work adopted includes manifold activities such as: Research into the technique of Jewish-Christian discussions; a bibliography on Jewish-Christian relations; a study of Sunday School literature in so far as it refers to the Jews. Writing, news stories and articles have appeared in the Bulletin of the Federal Council, in newspapers and in religious journals, organs of various church denominations. Addresses over the radio and through the Y. M. and Y. W. C. A.
The Young Women’s Christian Association, the report states, has invited the Committee on Goodwill to conduct a seven-day seminar in conjunction with their summer college conference in Eaglesmere. The Young Men’s Christian Association student division is cooperating with the Committee, among other places, in Yale, Rochester, Maine. Pennsylvania, Ohio State, Toulane, Southern Stetson, Chicago, Northwestern, Denver and Berkeley. A more ambitions experiment was carried on by the Committee at Western Reserve and Cornell.
A special feature of the work of the Goodwill Committee is the work in the service clubs. In cooperation with the business men in various cities, the Committee on Goodwill is furnishing speakers for the Rotary. Kiwanis and other civic clubs. Mr. Ererett Clinchy spoke, for example, on the subject at the Exchange Club in Miami, on April 23rd and on May 21st, at the Kiwanis Club in Bayonne N. J. Professor Kruse is scheduled to speak this before the Middletown (Conn.) Rotary. The Committee expects to increase this kind of work. In this category are included the city forums and Goodwill dinners.
Mr. John. Herring, secretary of the Committee for four years, started an extensive program of forms and goodwill meetings. Events of significance were the Chattanooga dinner on April 17th and the ######.
In the colleges, the report further states, the Committee on Goodwill Between Jews and Christians is conducting a variety of experiments as for instance at Smith and Wisonsin. Prin### and ###, Teachers College and ### Junior College.
Special attention is drawn in the report to conferences of Christians and (Continued on Page 4)
“This phase of our work promises to be fruitful, and depends only upon the potentialities of our budget. In this section, as well as in some of the other items we are describing, the National Conference plans are integrated with this Committee’s program.”
The statement of December 30, 1924 was repeated: “The purpose of our Committee is to promote mutual understanding and goodwill in the place of suspicion and ill will in the entire range of our inter-religious and social relationships. Because of our mutual respect for the integrity of each other’s religion and our desire that each faith shall have the fullest opportunity for its development and enrichment, we have no proselytizing purpose. The disclaimer of proselytizing purposes applies to the Committee’s whole program of Christian-Jewish relations, and carries the meaning that in our work Christians and Jews will refrain from trying to change the other’s affiliation.”