The Religious Affairs Committee is working to expand opportunities to extend the mission of the NAACP while establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with other faith-based organizations.
The Religious Affairs Committee also works to establish the close relationship and connection between faith and social justice. To that end, the Religious Affairs Committee will work collaboratively with faith-based organizations when given the opportunity to work toward a shared mutual goal of striking down social injustice.
The Religious Affairs Committee will also work collaboratively with faith-based organizations as a reminder that every civil rights action in history that has been successful was made possible by people of all faiths standing together to improve the lives of the who are disenfranchised. The Religious Affairs Committee aims to get into “good trouble”.
By special arrangement with producer Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films, the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations is proud to invite you to view this new documentary and then to join with the producer and others in discussing it.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Polish-born rabbi who escaped to the United States from Nazi Germany and became one of the most influential public theologians and civil rights activists of the twentieth century, is the subject of the latest documentary by Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films: “SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story.”
The descendant of Hasidic rabbis and a “brand plucked from the fire” of the Holocaust, he was a friend and ally of Martin Luther King, Jr., helped begin a new friendship between Jews and Catholics, opposed the Viet Nam War, and brought the Hebrew prophets to life — not only by his words, but also by his deeds.
The film’s title, SPIRITUAL AUDACITY comes from Heschel’s response to President John F. Kennedy, who invited him to a White House conference on race and religion, intended to derail a planned march on Washington. Susannah Heschel recalls her father’s response, sent by telegram: “‘I propose that you, Mr. President, declare a state of moral emergency. The hour calls for moral grandeur and spiritual audacity.’”
To gain online access to watch the film beginning Friday, March 12th and to participate in the webinar panel* on Monday March, 15th register below.
Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Martin Doblmeier,
Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. , Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Ph.D.,
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