The Dialogue Institute trains groups of students, scholars, professionals, and others in the philosophy and methodologies of interreligious dialogue. Seminars of varying lengths afford participants hands-on learning and practice in dialogue, as well as the opportunity to experience the rich heritage of interreligious engagement present in the history and social fiber of Philadelphia.
Middle Eastern Dialogue Symposia
The Dialogue Institute collaborates with the Western Studies Institute to hold Saudi-American seminars on topics of intellectual and cultural mutual interest. Since 2008, eight symposia have covered topics as diverse as: the Prophetic Traditions; Hadith and the Transmission of Faith; Biography and History; and Authority and Revelation. Ongoing study together tackles differences of interpretation using dialogic skills to increase understanding and respect.
Asia Interreligious Development Network
The Dialogue Institute is collaborating with the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia on a three-year project called the Asia Interreligious Development Network, focused on promoting interreligious understanding in Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, and Indonesia. Activists and scholars on the ground are pursuing local projects to enhance general education courses in local institutions. Research and grassroots activism combine to discern best practices for interreligious dialogue. The DI will publish these best practices to conclude the project in 2017.