Since 1995, Utah Valley University has hosted over seventy conferences, lectures, and workshops related to the study and practice of interreligious understanding.  Below is a sample of some of our more recent projects.  Thousands of students have attended and participated in these events through internships, senior projects, service learning, and our University Forum program

2014 Presidential Lecture 
"Changing the World Through Interfaith Cooperation"

(September 3, 2014)

As part of the celebration of the Reflection Center Ribbon Cutting, Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Core delivered the Fall, 2014 Presidential Lecture. His remarks addressed the critical role higher education plays in the advancement of civil dialogue and conflict transformation. Colleges and universities are both "laboratories" and "launching pads" for students to engage religious diversity and model best practices for positive interaction across cultures and faith traditions.

Eighteenth Annual Religion & the Humanities Conference:
Religious Disagreement

(September 19-20, 2013)

The philosophical community is currently experiencing a vibrant debate on the theoretical dimensions of disagreement. The recent volume edited by Richard Feldman and Ted Warfield entitled Disagreement has renewed a rich discussion that has interesting applications to conversations surrounding religious diversity and heterodoxy. This conference will explore the relationship between external and internal forms of disagreement relative to religious traditions and communities. click here for more information

Intersecting Convictions:
Core Beliefs & Civil Dialogue

(March 1, 2013)

This conference was designed to examine and model the highest standards of interreligious engagement free from coercion, disrespect, and uncivil exchange. Human history is marred by conflict rooted in religious differences. A key component in the advancement of humanity toward mutual respect and peaceful coexistence is the practice of interreligious diplomacy between competing traditions. Productive engagement across religious lines includes the exploration of foundational principles and points of contact. The event gathered representatives from Jewish, Latter-day Saint, Atheist, and Evangelical Christian perspectives to examine the ways in which their core beliefs intersect and diverge. click here for more information

Perspectives on the Mormon Moment:

(February 13th, 2013)

The 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney was accompanied by unprecedented attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dubbed by Newsweek Magazine as the 'Mormon Moment,' The Book of Mormon Musical, California's Proposition 8, and the elevated profile of prominent Latter-day Saints provided a unique opportunity to observe the successes and challenges of this dynamic religious tradition. This lecture and panel featured a group of scholars and journalists who addressed issues related to the rise of Mormonism and the forces that have shaped its development as a distinctive Christian faith. click here for more information

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty:
Film Screening & Panel Discussion

(November 2, 2012, UVU)

Co-Sponsor: Center for Constitutional Studies, UVU

Unresolvable: The Kingdom of God on Earth
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

(November 14th, 2012)

Co-Sponsors: Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

Cultural & Religious Pluralism: Diwali:
A Festival of Lights, Music & Unity

(November 29, 2012, Salt Lake Main Library)

Co-Sponsors: City Library, Utah State University, University of Utah,
Westminster College, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, etc.

Student Workshop on Catholic & Mormon Thought:
Bishop John C. Wester & President Matthew Holland

(September 18, 2012)

Partners: Orem Institute of Religion

Ramandan Iftar Dinner

(August 9, 2012, Utah Valley University)

Co-Sponsors: Utah Valley Islamic Council, Office of Engaged Learning, Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement

Seventeenth Annual Religion & the Humanities Conference:
Religious Diversity & the Art of Civil Dialogue

(September 21, 2012)

Religious Diversity and the Art of Civil Dialogue was a symposium devoted to the exploration of strategies and methods for negotiating religion in a pluralistic society. Recent events have demonstrated the ongoing challenges of interreligious encounter and the need to explore various forms of engagement. The symposium facilitated an interdisciplinary discussion on religious identity and the public integrity of religious communities in American social life. Journalists, theologians, political scientists, conflict resolution specialists, and religious studies scholars gathered to focus on critical issues in this debate with the aim of contributing to a more healthy dialogue across social and ideological boundaries. click here for more information

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