Center for Religious Understanding

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"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?"



Resources & Events

Contact Us

Main Campus - Philosophy Department
University Hall #4700, Mail Stop 966

Phone: 419.530.6190
Fax:     419.530.6189

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 & 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 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, 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 and 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 and Career Development, the UT College of Social Justice 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: 1/31/18