WHAT WE DO
• We upgrade spirituality and relationship for Christians and Jews, assisting all to examine old assumptions and explore new ones.
• We do this through a wide variety of media, mentoring, and meetings.
• Because we are convinced that the home is the true center of spiritual development and growth, we assist families in developing patterns of embedded practices undergirding spiritual identity and growth.
WHO WE ARE NOT
• We are not Jews for Jesus, which sees itself as a one issue organization. We are committed to deep engagement with Jewish life and community as a primary concern.
• We are not a missionary ploy. Yes, we believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah, but also yes, we believe in respecting people’s freedom to make their own choices.
• We do not teach that Christians should abandon their own traditions in order to embrace Jewish life and tradition as a preferable alternative or elite religion. We also recognize that intermarried contexts, and especially those with children involved, must make choices as to which tradition will shape the home.
DR. DAUERMANN’S BIO
Stuart Dauermann, (PhD, Intercultural Studies), the Director of Interfaithfulness, is an Interfaith Futurist. For nearly fifty years he has used a wide variety of approaches to provide new perspectives to assist people living at the intersection of the Christian and Jewish worlds. This has included composing and performing music, writing, teaching, public speaking, founding institutions, and hosting a weekly radio program, “Shalom Talk: Conversations for Change.” Fifty years of constantly evolving.
He is an ordained rabbi under the auspices of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council, and after twenty years service there, became Rabbi Emeritus at Ahavat Zion Messianic Synagogue, now located in Santa Monica, California.
He is the author of Christians and Jews Together, Keeping the Faith in Interfaith Relationships, and Son of David: Healing the Vision of the Messianic Jewish Movement, all published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. His dissertation, also published by Wipf and Stock, The Rabbi as a Surrogate Priest, explores the history of the development of the rabbinic role, and the training of rabbis, demonstrating the relationship between what rabbis do today and what priests and Levites did in biblical times. His next book, Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God, is a scholarly examination and recommendation of Jewish and Christians might better work together for tikkun olam, repairing God’s broken and beautiful world.
He lives in Southern California, with his wife Naomi. They have three grown children.