Religion and Modernity Lecture to be held at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Mary C. Boys, the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, N.Y., will give a lecture entitled "The New Testament and the Jews: A New Lens on Problematic Texts," on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in Room 401 of the Hogan Campus Center at Holy Cross.  Part of the Religion and Modernity Lecture Series sponsored by the Dean of the College, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Boys, who joined the faculty at Union Theological Seminary in 1994, spent 17 years at Boston College.  She is also an adjunct member of the faculties of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and of Teachers College, Columbia University.  She received her master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary and has done advanced study at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Jerusalem, Israel.

She is the author of three books, Biblical Interpretation in Religious Education (1980), Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions (1989), and Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman's Experience (1997).  Boys is also editor of Ministry and Education in Conversation (1981) and Education for Citizenship and Discipleship (1989).  A fourth book, Has God Only One Blessing: Judaism as a Source of Christian Understanding, is forthcoming.