Interreligious Lecture Series


Being Religious Interreligiously is a lecture series that brings to campus each year a noted scholar in theology or religious studies 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 contributes to the university and Spokane community’s conversation with current matters of interreligious concern. The lecture series targets a student audience as well as members of the wider university and Spokane communities and admission is always free and open to the public. Questions, comments, and suggestions can be directed to or (509) 313-6784.

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

Dr. Jonathan Brown, "Why Shouldn't I think there's a Problem with Islam," January 30, 2017

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

Dr. John Kelsay, "The Debate over the Islamic State Group," January 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

American Academy of Religion

Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue

Boston College Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Boston College Ph.D. Program in Comparative Theology

CCJR Resources for the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Claremont Lincoln University M.A. Program in Interreligious Studies

European Society for Intercultural Dialogue and 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 Center for Christianity & Interreligious Diologue

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

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence

Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology

Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin

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

Islamic Society of North America

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Journal of Religion and Violence

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

Seattle University Interreligious Initiative

Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies

Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (Belgium)


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)

Anti-Defamation League 50th Anniversary Nostra Aetate

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