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Main Campus - Philosophy Department
Scott Hall #1020, Mail Stop 510

Phone: 419.530.6190
Fax:     419.530.6189

2014-2015 Events






The University of Toledo’s Center for Religious Understanding promotes a deeper understanding of religion on campus and in greater Toledo, the nation and the world.



Always free and open to the public.


“Karen Armstrong and Pope Francis on Compassion: Theological Perspectives and Practical Strategies”

Tues., February 10, 7 pm, Ingman Room, Student Union

 Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue led by Fr. James Bacik with reflections by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain and Rabbi Evan Rubin. Free dessert. Student reception at 6 pm in SU 3016 (see “Forums”).  


Holi Toledo

Wed., April 8, 3 to 5 pm.  Memorial Field House field

Celebrate the Indian holiday of Holi while learning about other religions and cultures on campus. Colors, music & prizes.




Screening of “Arranged”

Thurs., April 16, 5:30 to 7:30 pm., Student Recreation Center, Oak Room

See an independent film about a friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman both going through the process of arranged marriages.  Talk-back after with community & student leaders. Free snacks. Co-hosted by the Eberly Center for Women and the Center for Religious Understanding.



Religious Diversity Workshop

Fri., April 24, 1-4:30 pm. Tucker Hall 152. 

Led by Dr. Jeanine Diller, Director, UT Center for Religious Understanding.  Snacks. Sponsored by the UT Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. For more contact Jeffery.Witt@utoledo.edu419.530.8573.


Faith Matters TV shows

Ongoing at

Tune in anytime to our series of half-hour interviews with renowned religious scholars and leaders about pressing contemporary issues in religion.  Made possible by WGTE Public Media, with the Ohio Humanities Council and the Confucius Institute at the University of Toledo.


Tuesday, March 20,                                      Visitors parking in the closest University lot during these events will not be ticketed. For parking map and more, visit




Join a multifaith team providing college awareness for 4th-8th graders from Chase Academy, a Toledo Public School. 


Four Thursdays in February from 4 to 5:20 pm., half hour longer on the last day.


  • Feb. 5 & 12:  TBA


  • Feb. 19: Logos, Commercials, Money & More. UT College of Business. 2nd floor, Stranahan Building.


  • Feb. 26: Recreate, Reflect & Dinner Party.  UT Recreation Center, Oak Room.


Sponsored by the UT Office of Service Learning, the Interfaith Center & the UT Center for Religious Understanding.  Contact or 419.530.2992 to register.




Get to know students from different religious backgrounds and engage in challenging conversations about religion and more. All perspectives invited! Free food.


Compassion in Action

  • Tues, Feb. 10, 6 to 7 pm, Student Union 3016
    Mingle over delicious appetizers before this year's Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue and help spread compassion with our all-anonymous UT compassion box.


Fiction & Fact

  • Mon., March 16, 4 to 5 pm, Center for Religious Understanding, University Hall 4700   
    What is a stereotype about your religious or spiritual identity, and what do you want people to know about it?  Cosponsored with the UT Muslim Student Association.


Holy Days & Holidays

  • Tues., April 7, 4 to 5 pm, Center for Religious Understanding, University Hall 4700    
    On Holi Toledo eve, discuss holiday traditions and how some religious holidays (like Christmas or Holi) are becoming cultural ones.


Holi Toledo

  • Wed., April 8, 3 to 5 pm.  Memorial Field House field

Dialogue with students from other religions and cultures on campus while celebrating the Indian holiday Holi. Colors, music & prizes.


Contact for more information.




The Center for Religious Understanding is generously supported by the University’s College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences (our home), the Toledo Community Foundation and local religious communities and individuals.  Donations welcome. 

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Last Updated: 6/26/15