From 2015 to 2019, the GTU received a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation to explore the current state of interreligious education in seminaries and theological schools. That project hosted conversations among a number of scholars and leaders in that field, and resulted in a report on The Current State of Interreligious Education by Judith Berling and a critical volume, Experiments in Empathy for our Time, edited by Heidi Hadsell and Najeeba Syeed. We offered a Workshop on Interreligious Pedagogies at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Denver.
The project was launched more a less simultaneously with the revision of the GTU PhD program to be more expressly interreligious. The program features more than thirty concentrations organized under four interreligious departments: Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation, Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion, Theology and Ethics, and Religion and Practice.
The report on The Current State of Interreligious Education is available on this website, along with its executive summary. There is also an annotated page of resources on interreligious learning, and a small set of syllabi, which will be added to over time.
For more information about the IEPP, please contact Uriah Y. Kim, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, .
The Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement.
The Graduate Theological Union would like to thank The Henry Luce Foundation for its generous support of the Interreligious Education and Pedagogy Project.