Center for Religious Understanding
"This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house. A great
world house in which we have to live together. Black and white, Easterner and Westerner,
Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu. A family unduly separated
in ideas, culture and interests who - because we can never again live apart - must
learn somehow to live with each other in peace."
-- Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., in Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
The mission of the Center for Religious Understanding at the University of Toledo is to promote a deeper understanding of religion on campus, in the greater Toledo region, in the nation and in the world.
Objectives & Programs
We accomplish our mission through four objectives, and various programs that realize them:
(1) Creative education about religion. We do this through our:
- Signature annual Lecture Series, with intellectually stimulating lectures by UT scholars and national experts on
Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Eastern religious thought, always free and open to the
public, and placed on WGTE’s Knowledge Stream website whenever possible
- The Annual Philip Markowicz Lecture in Judaism & Jewish Biblical Studies, Dr. Yonatan Miller, Director, CFRU
- The Annual Murray/Bacik Lecture in Catholic Studies, Dr. Peter Feldmeier
- The Annual Imam Khattab Lecture in Islamic Studies, Dr. Ovamir Anjum
- “Faith Matters” TV episodes, website, and discussion guides, all available at wgte.org/faithmatters. The shows are half hour interviews with nationally renowned experts about contemporary issues in religion, such as religion and capital punishment, religion and violence, women in contemporary Islam, and religion and consumerism.
(2) Multifaith Dialogue, both between students and between members of the wider community. We do this through our:
- Small-group Multifaith Cafe Forums for UT students from different perspectives about religion to talk firsthand on a regular basis. There is nothing like real relationships to build real understanding.
- Annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim (Abrahamic) Dialogue, which draws crowds of 200 people to discuss topics of common interest to these traditions, from the basis of their shared history and monotheistic theology.
(3) UT Service Learning: A Multifaith Experience. A team of students and community members from different perspectives on religion together provide an after-school program and college awareness for at-risk youth grades K-8 at a Toledo Public School. Cosponsored with UT Center for Experiential Learning & Career Development, the UT College of Social Justice & Human Service, and the Interfaith Center.
(4) National-level and locally-engaged research launched by the University of Toledo about religion and related fields. We see research as a long-term gift that can transform assumptions and lives.
For more information on any of these programs or events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Teri Garcia, Administrative Assistant, Center for Religious Understanding, (419)530.6190
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