NEW YORK (Mar. 11)
Christian-Jewish relations in the United States have been placed under a "severe strain by the Six-Day War of 1967 and its aftermath," leading to "what may well be a new era of crisis" in intergroup relations, the National Conference of Christians and Jews said today. As part of an "intensive effort" to bridge these gaps "with understanding," NCCJ president Dr. Sterling W. Brown announced the publication of several booklets geared to "lift the blanket of practical problems that concern American religious people–the Arab-Israeli War, intermarriage, birth control, Vietnam, black-white polarization, and such church-state controversies as teaching religion in the public school or giving state aid to non-public schools." The first booklet asserts that Judaism and Christianity are closely related parts. "Because of their common roots and intertwined histories, Christianity cannot fully understand itself without Judaism, nor can Judaism fully understand itself without taking account of the stream which has flowed forth from it."