Dr. Michael Kinnamon, immediate past General-Secretary of the National Council of Churches and current Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration and Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, invited Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, to write a response to an essay in Dr. Kinnamon’s new book to be published in 2013. This essay on Jewish-Christian relations is a chapter tentatively entitled, "Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism."
This is a very difficult time in the relationship between the organized Jewish community and many of the mainline churches represented by the National Council of Churches. Both Dr. Kinnamon and Rabbi Gutow pray that the lessons they learned by working so thoughtfully and successfully together may help heal the problems now being faced by the mainline churches and the Jewish community. They are especially hopeful that these lessons will be helpful to local ministers and rabbis as they build relationships between the two communities.