Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Takes Historic Civil Rights Journey

Edmund Pettus Bridge

Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Takes Historic Civil Rights Journey

On May 9, 2022, representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Synagogues gathered in Atlanta, GA for an historic journey reflecting on the history and impact of racism in our society and our role as faith leaders and members. What began as a question following the murder of George Floyd and subsequent unrest culminated in a three-day Civil Rights Journey that began in Atlanta and continued to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, AL.

Along the way, clergy and scholars visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, met with members of the Civil Rights Movement such as Bishop Calvin Woods, followed the footsteps of marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and ended with a moving visit to the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The Journey was covered by The Georgia Bulletin.

The dialogue is co-chaired by H.E. Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and Rabbi David Straus, Executive Director of the National Council of Synagogues. Its next meeting will take place in late October.

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