Being Religious Interreligiously Lecture Series


An annual lecture series funded by the Offices of the Vice President for Mission and Chief Diversity Officer, Being Religious Interreligiously brings to campus each year a noted scholar in the fields of interreligious dialogue or comparative theology as an expression of the Society of Jesus’ judgment that to be religious today is to be interreligious. The lecture series seeks accountability to religious neighbors in a pluralistic and globalized world, works for justice by joining hearts and hands with faith neighbors, and generally seeks to enhance the university and Spokane community’s proficiency with current matters of interreligious concern. The lecture series targets a student audience as well as members of the wider university and Spokane communities. Admission is always free and open to the public. DVDs of past lectures are available at Gonzaga’s Foley library and can be streamed online from YouTube by using the hyperlinks on this webpage. Questions, comments, and suggestions can be directed to John N. Sheveland at or (509) 313-6784. 

Videos from the previous four lectures may be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

Flyers from some of the previous lectures may be viewed by clicking the links below.

Dr. Amy Jill-Levine, "Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears," February 4, 2016.

Dr. John Borelli: "1964: Fifty Years Ago at Vatican II and the Catholic Commitment to Interreligious Dialogue" October 2014

Dr. Martin Kavka: "Articulating a Positive Relationship Between Christians and Jews" April 2014

Dr. Joseph Prabhu: "The Encounter of Religions" October 2012

The Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye: "Economics and Human Rights" March 2010

Dr. Amir Hussain: "Building Faith Neighbors" October 2009

The Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye: "Buddhist Wisdom" October 2008

Thubten Chodron: "Buddhist Wisdom" April 2008

Academic Links

Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue

Boston College Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Boston College Ph.D. Program in Comparative Theology

Claremont Lincoln University M.A. Program in Interreligious Studies

Exchange (The Netherlands)

General Congregation 34, Decree 5:  “Our Mission and Interreligious Dialogue”

Georgetown University Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Georgetown Ph.D. Program in Religious Pluralism

Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) M.A. Program in Interreligious Studies

Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions

Heythrop College (London) M.A. Program in Christianity and Interreligious Relations

Islam at U.S. Jesuit Colleges & Universities (2015)

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles) M.A. concentration in Comparative Theology

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Parliament of the World's Religions in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (Belgium)

Seattle University Interreligious Initiative


50th Anniversary Coverage of Nostra Aetate (Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions), October 28, 1965

Nostra Aetate at 50: Pope Francis calls for greater interfaith collaboration

NPR (National Public Radio) on Nostra Aetate at fifty (Sylvia Poggioli)

Vatican Radio: audio clips from the promulgation of Nostra Aetate in 1965

Vatican Radio: a Buddhist-Christian perspective on Nostra Aetate (Dr. Sallie B. King)

Vatican Radio: a Jewish perspective on Nostra Aetate (Dr. Susannah Heschel)

Vatican Radio: a Muslim's perspective on Nostra Aetate (Dr. Bahar Davary)

Vatican Radio: an Asian perspective on Nostra Aetate (Archbishop Felix Machado, India)

Vatican Radio: the interfaith legacy of Vatican II (Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Jerusalem)

U.S. Department of State at Nostra Aetate conference, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

The Crafting of Nostra Aetate (Rev. Thomas Stransky, C.S.P., & Dr. John Borelli)

Catholic-Jewish dialogue twenty years after Nostra Aetate (Rev. Thomas Stransky, C.S.P.)

The Church's irreversible openness (Francis X. Clooney, S.J.)

Nostra Aetate Fifty Years On (Rabbi Jonathon Sacks)

International Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jews since Nostra Aetate (Cardinal Kurt Koch and Rabbi Irving Greenberg)

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