Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Peter A. Pettit is director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and teaches in the Religion Studies department. He has been active in Christian-Jewish dialogue for more than 25 years, giving leadership in local, national and international settings. He is a contributor to the Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations, Seeing Judaism Anew and Covenantal Conversations, and co-authored Talking Points: Topics in Jewish-Christian Relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His research and writing ranges across biblical studies, theology, liturgy and Israel studies, informing a broad array of presentation topics for lay and professional audiences. His courses at Muhlenberg College focus on both the history and present dynamics of the Jewish-Christian relationship and include a travel seminar that traces post-Holocaust developments in the relationship in Europe.
- Response to 2009 Kairos Palestine Document
- ICCJ 2008 Towards a Promised Land Theology
- ICCJ 2008 - Prof. Katanacho's Response
In July 2017 Victoria Hanzl joined the team as office manager for the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding. Victoria handles reception, office organization, gift processing, and program support, assisted by our student workers. She is also responsible for the layout and design of our desktop publishing --brochures, newsletters, flyers, and mailings -- as well as maintaining our website. Victoria has one daughter who left for her freshman year at college. Victoria enjoys crocheting, bowling, campfires and her Bichon Frise, Abby.
Marcie Lightwood is the schools program coordinator for the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College commencing August 2013. Her past experience includes having been the Director of the Interfaith Peace Resource Center in Bethlehem, Coordinator of Parent Education for the Center for Humanistic Change, Program Coordinator for Project Child, a Child Abuse Prevention program of Valley Youth House and Family Support Coordinator for the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. She works as a social worker for the poor and homeless at the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem and provides facilitator training and parenting education for a variety of local and statewide agencies. Marcie is an avid gardener, folk and Irish music fan and the mother of four grown children and a grandmother of two little girls. You may have heard her voice on Morning Edition On WDIY-FM, community public radio in the Lehigh Valley.
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