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Institute for Religious Liberty: Common Origins Interfaith Dialogue

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Common Origins Interfaith Dialogue


On Wednesday evening, November 8, 2017,  the Institute for Religious Liberty will host three distinguished scholars for an Interfaith Dialogue featuring the three Abrahamic traditions: Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim, moderated by Dr. Catherine Sherron, Chairperson of the Philosophy Department at TMC. The speakers are:

  1. Dr. Jeffrey Zalar, who holds the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Cincinnati.
  2. Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Dean and Associate Professor of Talmud and Halakhic Literature at Hebrew Union College.
  3. Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, University Chair of Islamic Studies, Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice at Xavier University.

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Institute for Religious Liberty

Mission Statement

To advance the American concept of religious freedom as an inalienable right and the protection of this right for all people.

Beginnings of the Institute

The Thomas More College Institute for Religious Liberty was established by Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong, J.D. in 2015 after several local business and educational leaders, including representatives from Hebrew Union College, discussed the need to celebrate and educate others about the constitutional privilege and right to freely worship and practice religion. According to Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong: "There is no better place to advance and explore that inalienable right than here on our campus as we challenge our students of all faiths to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others."

"Religious Freedom is part of the warp and woof of our nation," said Dr. Gary P. Zola, who represents Hebrew Union College on the Institute's Steering Committee. "In light of contemporary events that capture the headlines daily, it is difficult to identify a more salient and timely subject to explore in a forum of this sort."

Headed by Executive Director, Raymond G. Hebert, PhD, Dean of the College Emeritus, the Institute strives to accomplish its mission through education and dialogue in the form of academic symposia and lectures featuring internationally renowned speakers.