Interfaith Dialogue is one of the foundational programs within the Center. Interfaith dialogue has a long history. In the modern period the two most important events were the first Parliament of the World's Religions held in Chicago in 1892 and Nostre Aetate promulgated at Vatican II. Nostre Aetate is arguably the most important document for interfaith dialogue every produced. Since Nostre Aetate, interfaith dialogue has blossomed and evolved.
Building on that tradition the Brueggeman Center engages in traditional forms of interfaith dialogue around critical issues (see the list of programs at the end of the flip book in the Mission section) but our approach seeks to move beyond this by engaging the religions with a range of academic disciplines, non-profits, business, and government. Our goal is to work cross-sectorally to search for and implement solutions to the critical issues we face as a community and as a world. We believe that the faith communities, working together with the other sectors and providing moral guidance to them, can become a powerful force for good. They can, and must, become foundational to building the social capital that can transform our communities.
Click on the links for examples of Interfaith work in which we are currently involved.
- InterfaithCincy - Building community capacity through Interfaith Collaboration
- A Blessing to One Another - this began as a major exhibit but is now creating opportunities for interfaith dialogue, engagement and collaboration
- The Hebrew Union College / Jewish Foundation Rabbinical Fellows Program - HUC-JIR now requires their Rabbinical students to engage in community service as part of their training. This program is funded by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. The Brueggeman Center is the only non-Jewish organization given a Fellow. They work on interfaith programs. One example: a Jewish Foundation Fellow partnered with a Xavier Theology graduate student to create the InterfaithCincy.org website.
- The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths - Celebrates Cincinnati's interfaith diversity and acts as a vehicle for interfaith community engagement through "Compassion through Action." See Video of the Festival of Faiths Here
- Bridges of Faith Trialogue - local interfaith group that meets monthly for dialogue and to plan joint programs such as the Festival of Faiths, speakers on Islamophobia, etc.
- Interfaith Breakfast at the Over The Rhine International Film Festival - focuses upon how our faith communities are dealing with those with disabilities.
- The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities - a series of conferences addressing the issues of women and their roles within many diverse faith communities
- Summer Interfaith Institute - This is a program in the planning stages. It is a collaboration between Xavier, HUC-JIR and the Islamic Center of Cincinnati. We will hold a one week program moving between institutions to train people from all over the USA how to more effectively engage in Interfaith dialogue and collaboration.