First International/Interconfessional Congress of the Jewish Disciples of Jesus

Antoine Levy, OP, Dr. Mark Kinzer and Dr. David Rudolph
 
The first International and Interconfessional Congress of Jewish Disciples of Jesus met at the Kings University, Dallas for four days of discussions. More than forty congregational leaders and theologians from Messianic, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal traditions resolved to develop a new inter-confessional structure to encourage deeper association and unity between Jewish disciples of Jesus across the range and diversity of their respective confessions.
 

Attendees came from Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland and the USA. They held plenary sessions and group discussions to explore the formation of a new entity that will encourage Jewish expression of faith in Jesus as a “corporate expression of Am Israel within the body of Christ, a prophetic voice within that body and within the Jewish people.”

 

Jewish disciples of Jesus in Anglican, Baptist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Episcopal, Lutheran, Messianic Jewish, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Wesleyan traditions worshiped together using a variety of liturgies, including the Mass in Hebrew and Messianic Jewish services.

 

The Congress was convened by the Helsinki Consultation on Jewish Continuity in the Body of Christ, an interconfessional group of theologians who are Jewish disciples of Jesus, and whose previous statements were a basis for discussion and further action. The participants elected a steering committee to develop the new structure over the next two years.

 

The participants issued the following joint statement: 

 

RESOLUTION BEGINS

 

The First International/Interconfessional Congress of Jewish Disciples of Jesus

The Dallas Resolution (August 30, 2018)

 

1. We are Jews who worship the God of Israel, Creator of heaven and earth, who has revealed himself in Jesus the Messiah through the Holy Spirit. As disciples of Yeshua, we belong to a broad range of churches – Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Pentecostal – and to Messianic Jewish communities. Inheriting almost a decade of prayer, study, and collaboration by some of our members in the Helsinki Consultation, we are discovering mutual respect, understanding, and affection. We yearn to grow in our common life, to continue to learn from one another, and to support each other’s calling in the Spirit. We believe this is a precious gift from God that should be extended to all our Jewish brothers and sisters who, like us, have come to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. This gift has enabled many of us to overcome the solitude we have felt in our condition as Jewish disciples of Jesus, and we believe our communion with one another can be an instrument of strengthening and faith for all who follow Him. 

 

2. Without relinquishing our ecclesial communities, we are convinced that Jewish disciples of Yeshua are called to live as a corporate expression of Am Israel within the body of Christ, a prophetic voice within that body and within the Jewish people. We believe that the loss of a Jewish expression of faith in Messiah is a wound within Am Israel and the body of Christ. The healing of this wound calls for the coming together of disciples of Jesus from among the Jews and the nations. This too can inspire disciples from among the nations to increase their efforts to come together with one another in unity. This then will contribute to the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus that “all may be one.” Working towards this vision will require a visible structure that will reflect the breadth of Jewish disciples of Christ. That structure will be inter-confessional in nature and will incorporate the statements of the Helsinki Consultation as the basis of its theological work. 

 

Practically, this organization may develop or share

  • mutual support and fellowship 

  • paths towards repentance and mutual forgiveness among Jewish disciples 

  • resources for deepening the identity of Jewish disciples of Jesus 

  • joint prayer and the sharing of liturgical traditions 

  • theological research

  • interconfessional dialogue and study programs of formation 

  • witness to Yeshua networks for building relationships among young people and singles

  • support in combatting anti-Semitism 

  • representation of Jewish disciples of Jesus to the wider Church 

The members of this transitional Steering Group will be Boris Balter, Mark Kinzer, Fr. Antoine Levy, Lisa Loden, Mark Neugebauer, Lee Spitzer, and Igor Swiderski.

 

Signatories to the 2018 Dallas Resolution:

Amanda Achtman (Catholic), Ottawa, Canada

Boris Balter (Orthodox), Moscow, Russia

Andrew Barron (Messianic), Toronto, Ontario

Monique Brumbach (Messianic), Los Angeles, USA

Michael Calise (Messianic/Pentecostal), New York, USA

Mikhail (Misha) Chernyak (Orthodox), Warsaw, Poland

Steve Cohen (Lutheran), Tennessee, USA

Lawrence Feingold (Catholic), St. Louis, USA

Matthew Friedman (Messianic/Wesleyan), New Brunswick, Canada

Boris Goldin (Messianic), Florida, USA

Matheus Guimarães (Messianic), Brazil

Richard Harvey (Messianic), England

Debra Herbeck (Catholic), Michigan, USA

Mark Kinzer (Messianic), Michigan, USA

Elliot Klayman (Messianic), San Diego, USA

David Klein (Presbyterian), Washington State, USA

Sr. Eliana Kurylo (Catholic), Toulouse, France

Ryan Lambert (Messianic), Georgia, USA

Rev. Warren Leibovitch (Episcopal), Ontario, Canada

Fr. Francois Lestang (Catholic), Lyon, France

Fr. Antoine Levy (Catholic), Helsinki, Finland

Lisa Loden (Messianic), Netanya, Israel

Yuriy Mark (Baptist), Germany

Leonid Mazin (Messianic), Israel

Fr. Michael Meerson (Orthodox), New York, USA

David Moss (Catholic), St. Louis, USA

Mark Neugebauer (Catholic), Toronto, Canada

Sue Neugebauer (Catholic), Toronto, Canada

Fr. David Neuhaus (Catholic), Israel

Rich Nichol (Messianic), Boston, USA

Svetlana Panich (Orthodox), Moscow, Russia

Juliet Pressel (Catholic), Michigan, USA

Ephraim Radner (Episcopal), Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Rosner (Messianic), California, USA

David Rudolph (Messianic), Dallas, USA

Rev. Lee Spitzer (Baptist), New Jersey, USA

Greg Stone (Pentecostal), Dallas, USA

Igor Swiderski (Messianic), Germany

Ari Waldman (Messianic), Dallas, USA

Marty Waldman (Messianic), Dallas, USA

Ken Wilsker (Catholic), St. Louis, USA

Judith Wolfe (Catholic), Scotland

 

RESOLUTION ENDS

The Consultation founders, Dr. Mark Kinzer, President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (USA), and Fr. Antoine Levy, OP, Professor at the School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland, expressed thanks to The King’s University, Dallas, for hosting the conference.  

 

Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer (Messianic Jewish) said “we came together from many different backgrounds but displayed a remarkable unity of purpose considering our differing theological and cultural backgrounds. I am delighted that the future of our working together will now be developed further, and look forward with eager anticipation to our next meeting. It is important for the Body of Messiah and for the Jewish people that such a process continues.”

 

Father Antoine Levy, O.P., said “We have been meeting together for a number of years as a small group, but now we have a growing number of Jewish disciples of Jesus from across the confessions who wish to see more visible, corporate and communal expression of our unity and fellowship, and I am most encouraged at the opportunity we have to work on this together.”

For more information contact:

 

http://helsinkiconsultation.squarespace.com/ 

http://www.facebook.com/HelsinkiConsultation 

 

Dr. Mark Kinzer:

MKBenBen@gmail.com

Congregation Zera Avraham

P.O. Box 2025

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106

USA

 

Antoine Lévy O.P.:  +358 (0)50 304 2778

antoine.levy@studium.fi

Studium Catholicum

Ritarikatu 3 B A 4
00170 Helsinki

Finland

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