Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

The Jay Phillips Center is a collaborative enterprise of Saint John's University and the University of St. Thomas (MN), and it also serves the College of Saint Benedict. Its mission is to promote interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions. Please read our latest newsletter.

Upcoming Public Events

Monday, April 20, 2015, 4:15 p.m. at SJU
Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations
Lecture by Victoria Barnett
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Center's associate director, Hans Gustafson, publishes article in State of Formation
Published January 6, 2015

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The emerging academic field of interreligious and interfaith studies (IIS) has burst onto the scene relatively recently and will be, I suspect, coming to a college or university near you soon. Currently there are only a few undergraduate programs and several graduate and seminary programs. The number of these programs are rapidly growing in addition to the number of academic journals and organizations devoted to the field. Those on the forefront of crafting this field have deemed it an inherently interdisciplinary field, which I believe is accurate. However, a particular challenge remains: the clear articulation and demonstration of how this field relates to, and is distinct from, the academic fields of religious studies (RS) and theological studies (TS).

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Recent Publications

A Hindu Theology of Liberation: Not-Two Is Not One
Book by Anantanand Rambachan, special consultant to the Jay Phillips Center

"Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in Relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies"
Article by Hans Gustafson, associate director of the center

"Interfaith Affinity: The shared vision of Rabbi Heschel and Pope Francis"
Article by Harold Kasimow and John Merkle, director of the center

From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace
Book by Rabbi Amy Eilberg, special constultant to the center

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