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Organization Dialogue Institute / Journal of Ecumenical Studies
History J.E.S was founded by Arlene and Leonard Swidler in 1964 as the first peer-reviewed journal in the field of interreligious dialogue. Born out of the ecumenical spirit of Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council, J.E.S began with an emphasis on dialogue among diverse Christian traditions. Its focus quickly broadened to Christian-Jewish dialogue and soon thereafter to interchange among a wide array of religious traditions. In 1978, as a companion arm to J.E.S the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue was established.
City Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Website http://dialogueinstitute.org
Values Academic, Religious, Ecumenical
Vision Expanding on the pioneering interreligious scholarship and activism of its founder, Leonard Swidler, the DI promotes the principle that dialogue flourishes through interpersonal relationships grounded in trust, mutual respect, and a common search for understanding.
Mission The DI works collaboratively with other universities, non-governmental organizations, and the business and public sectors to transform the world into a global community by fostering interreligious and intercultural scholarship, understanding and cooperation.
Goals To create an atmosphere of trust and to foster knowledge and mutual understanding in a global context. To identify, train, and support leaders who can counter intolerance and violence by advancing the values of religious freedom, gender equity, dialogue, and mutual understanding. Developing critical awareness and theory in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.
Approach Engages religious, civic, and academic leaders in practicing the skills of respectful dialogue and critical thinking, building and sustaining transformative relationships across lines of religion and culture. It provides resources and creates networks for intra/inter religious scholarship and action that value difference and foster human dignity. Established in 1964, the peer-reviewed Journal of Ecumenical Studies advances critical awareness of the latest directions in ecumenical and interreligious research.
Structure Board, Staff. within a Major academic institution.
Scale Medium
Scope International
Activity From the urban campus of a secular public university DI/JES leads and sustains a movement of interreligious and intercultural dialogue within an academic setting, and on a global scale. The work currently focuses in five primary areas: Interreligious Dialogue Training; International Networking and Program Development; Muslim-Jewish-Christian Trialogue Seminars; Projects and Conferences. Advancement of Interreligious Scholarship. Working with partners around the globe, in contexts as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Congo, Egypt, and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Religion Christain
Words dialogue, action, ecumenics
Acronym DI/JES
Contact Temple University (062-56) / 1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 315 / Philadelphia, PA 19121-0843. USA. Phone: +1 215.204.7525
Email info@dialogueinstitute.org
Twitter https://twitter.com/DialogueINST
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