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Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue to be held April 15

What began as the Catholic-Muslim Dialogue at The University of Toledo in 2000 has expanded to bring understanding of three of the world’s top religions to campus.

The annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 15 in the Student Union Auditorium.

The theme of the 2013 lecture is “Prophetic Peacebuilding: Abrahamic Visions for Peace” and the keynote speaker is Dr. Najeeba Syeed-Miller, assistant professor of inter-religious education at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, Calif.

Also speaking at the event will be Dr. James Waddell, the UT Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies, and Dr. Peter Feldmeier, the UT Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies.

The dialogue is the main event for UT’s Center for Religious Understanding lecture series this academic year.

“This is our biggest event of the year,” said Dr. Jeanine Diller, center director and assistant professor of philosophy. “We usually offer five or six lectures per year, including one on Catholic studies, Jewish studies, Islamic thought, Eastern religious thought, and this year lectures on Hinduism and Native-American spirituality as well.”

As the UT Religious Studies Program grew, Diller said Judaism was brought into the dialogue and Catholicism was expanded to Christianity in 2003. The current three religions included in the dialogues all find their origins in Abraham.

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact Diller at 419.530.6190 or

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