Xavier Magazine

Faithful Dialogue

The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue continues to gain visibility in its field. This spring, the center was selected to participate in the initial Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program, an interfaith exchange program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs aimed at promoting discussion, debate and collaborative learning centered on interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Only 10 institutions were chosen.

The program provides a multinational group of religious leaders, religious scholars, nongovernmental organizations and community leaders from a variety of religious backgrounds who are actively engaged in interfaith dialogue and cooperation programs in their home countries with a semester-long U.S. exchange program. The Brueggeman center was matched with Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq, chair of the department of Islamic law and faculty member of Arabic and Islamic studies at Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan. He arrived in September and is spending 10 weeks on campus.

The other institutions include Auburn Theological Seminary, Barnard College at Columbia University, DePaul University, Hartford Seminary, Michigan State University, Rice University, Temple University, the University of California and the University of Virginia.

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