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Dialogue Institute Program Alumni Launch Interfaith Youth Forum in Indonesia

Indonesian student leaders who participated in the Dialogue Institute’s Study of the U.S. Institutes on Religious Pluralism (SUSI) five week intensive study program in 2012 and 2013 have launched the Interfaith Youth Forum in their native country of Indonesia. I Gede Pandu Wirawan (SUSI 2012), Agus Burniat (SUSI 2012) and Ahmad Rafuan (SUSI 2013) have united to create the Interfaith Dialogue Program: Interfaith Youth Forum 2014. This program aims to empower and equip young leaders with the skills necessary to engage in interreligious dialogue in their own communities.



The Dialogue Institute Bids Farewell to Key Team Member

Dialogue Institute (DI) Director of Programs and Grants, Dr. Julie Sheetz-Willard, will be transitioning from her work with the DI/Journal of Ecumenical Studies (JES) into a new position as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach at Villanova University, Villanova, PA.


The Journey of a Lifetime – New Book Shares The Journey of Dr. Leonard Swidler

We live in the era of dialogue, an era Leonard Swidler helped birth. This is his story: the son of a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant and an Irish Catholic, a boy who set out to become an intellectual and a saint. There Must Be YOU: Leonard Swidler’s Journey to Faith and Dialogue explores how and why, out of this aspiring Norbertine priest, there emerged Professor Swidler of today: a teacher, a reformer of the church, a preeminent feminist, and one of the fathers of interreligious dialogue with an international following, who argues passionately that Dialogue is a matter more than of peace-making but of living authentically human in a fundamentally dialogical universe.



What is Interfaith Dialogue?

Hear what a former DI program participant has to say:

Inaugural Leadership Conference Held for Muslim & Jewish Women

On November 2, 2014, the Dialogue Institute at Temple University partnered with the organization Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom to host over 100 Muslim and Jewish female leaders for a first ever Leadership Conference. The event was part of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s Weekend of Twinning, and took place at Temple University’s Student Center, from 9:30am – 5:00pm.



Dialogue Must Become a Way of Life – New Book Teaches Readers How

Gathering the cumulative insight of over sixty years of Dr. Leonard Swidler’s work in interreligious, intercultural dialogue, a new book unpacks the underlying theory and practical methods needed to embrace all of its dimensions: Deep-Dialogue, Critical-Thinking, Emotional-Intelligence and Competitive-Cooperation. Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding: Strategies for the Transformation of Culture Shaping Institutions combines these elements in addition to “common sense” guidelines on how to move beyond one’s own perspective to experience real encounter and dialogue with the Other.


Dialogue Institute Board of Director Member Honored with Gold Medal Award at 18th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards

Dr. Ellen Frankel, Dialogue Institute/Journal of Ecumenical Studies (DI/JES) co- Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors, was recently honored as a gold medal winner in the Religion category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards for her ‘Preface to the Torah’, included in the revolutionary ‘Three Testaments’, the first work to combine the texts of the Torah, the New Testament and the Quran in one collective volume.


Religious Studies and Contemporary Thoughts: Case Studies

Philadelphia's Dialogue Institute invites Middle Eastern and American professors interested in teaching religious studies and contemporary thoughts to apply for this symposium. Participants will engage serious topics in higher education for the task of preparing young adults to become global citizens. All disciplines are invited and especially those with an interest in understanding religious pluralism. The December 2014 symposium is the 7th in which Saudi Arabian professors present papers on methodology of teaching religious issues and contemporary thoughts and religious sects as well as case studies on human rights, family law, gender and women studies for response from American professors as partners in a dialogue for critical change. In addition, American professors will lead discussion on pedagogy.   For more details, please click here.

Macedonia Interreligious Council Reactivated

The Dialogue Institute has recently supported the reactivation of the Council on Inter-religious Cooperation in Macedonia.

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Dr. Ziad Fahed Receives Award as An Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue


Dr. Ziad Fahed, Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University in Beirut, Lebanon, and the founder of Dialogue for Life and Reconciliation Organization was recently recognized by the Dialogue Institute as an “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue”.

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Documentary Film and Educational Project

"Indonesian Lullaby:  Courage and Compassion in a Time of Hate" is a collaborative project between the Dialogue Institute and the Center for the Arts at Temple University.    This initiative grew out of a breathtaking moment during the 2013 Indonesian SUSI Student Leadership program. Students were hearing eyewitness Holocaust testimonies for the first time in their lives.  Dr. Alfred Munzer, a child survivor, had never told his personsal story to Indonesians. Read More

Study of the U.S. Institutes|on Religious Pluralism
Interreligious Training
Scholars' Trialogue (ISAT)
Dialogue Institutes Network (DIN)
Interreligious Literacy Project
Interreligious Study at Temple U.
Journal of Ecumenical|Studies
Guest Speakers

Ecumenical Press

". . . .never in our lifetime has there been a more desperate need for constructive and committed dialogue, among individuals, among communities, among cultures, among and between nations."

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, speaking at the Alliance of Civilizations Madrid Forum

From Our Participants

“I thank the Dialogue Institute for advocating understanding, tolerance and compassion among all peoples – irrespective of race, faith, or color. Now is the time for the voice of wisdom to be louder than the sound of hatred and intolerance.” Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program (ICAP) 2007 participant from Egypt

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