HOW WE ARE ADDRESSING ANTI-JUDAISM

Scholars, religious leaders, and ordinary people, including Trinity Church, share a concern about how certain New Testament readings can promote antagonistic attitudes and even contempt toward the Jewish people.  The long and tragic history of Christian anti-Judaism (fueled, among other things, by liturgically proclaimed scripture readings) has been well documented.  Most listeners are unaware of the harm such texts have done in the past: Holy Week readings especially have led to pogroms and have supported other kinds of evil against the Jewish people. 

It should be understood that those texts are neither historically nor theologically correct; they are polemical.  Trinity Church wishes to repudiate any anti-Judaic interpretation of the Scriptures and to affirm the profound debt that the Christian Church owes to Judaism.  We keep in mind that, according to the New Testament, the Jews remain 'beloved' of God, 'since the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.'  It is our hope that the church universal will soon find a way to amend this tragic liturgical practice.