Center for Religious Understanding

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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 and Programs

We accomplish our mission through four objectives, and past/present programs that realize them: 

  1. Creative education about religion
    We provide creative education about religion through our signature annual lecture series. The series offers intellectually stimulating lectures by UT scholars and national experts on Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and Eastern religious thought. The lectures are always free and open to the public, and placed on WGTE's Knowledge Stream website whenever possible.
    • The Annual Philip Markowicz Lecture in Judaism and 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

  2. Multifaith dialogue 
    We lead a multi faith dialogue between both students and members of the wider community through our:
    • Small-Group Multifaith Cafe Forums for UToledo 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, to discuss topics of common interest to these traditions, from the basis of their shared history and monotheistic theology. 

  3. UToledo Service Learning: A Multifaith Experience 
    A team of students and community members from different perspectives on religion together provide and after-school program and college awareness for at-risk youth grades K-8 at a Toledo Public School. Cosponsored with Career Services, the UToledo College of Health and Human Service and the Interfaith Center.

  4. National-level and locally-engaged research
    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 or Teri Garcia, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Religious Understanding, at 419.530.6190.

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Last Updated: 7/7/23