Interfaith Forum: “In the Divine Image: Our Relationship to God and to Each Other”

Los Angeles is at once the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, and the most religiously diverse city in the world. It has the second largest Jewish population in America (after New York City), and one of the largest Muslim populations. As one of the oldest, Catholic institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University maintains an institutional commitment to interfaith dialogue, especially between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

With support from the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, the Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this interfaith dialogue public forum. A panel of representatives of the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities will talk about their own tradition’s relationship to God, as well as the challenges and opportunities interfaith encounters present those working in pastoral ministry throughout the Southland. These presentations will be followed by a public Q&A and discussion. 

A simultaneous forum will be conducted in Spanish on the same campus. A joint reception (with food that is respectful of the dietary traditions of the three religions) will follow.

Rabbi Mark Diamond, lecturer of Jewish Studies at LMU and former executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Dr. Amir Hussain, professor of Theological Studies at LMU, and an author and scholar of Islam
Sister Cathy Minhoto, R.S.H.M., provincial councilor for the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
Rev. Allan Deck, S.J., Moderator, distinguished scholar of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies at LMU

Before coming to the Forum, we ask you to read Nostra Aetate, a short but significant Vatican II document on the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions.  Please note that this is required reading for all students in LMU programs.

Click here to access the document.  You won't need to print it; on the day of the Forum a printed copy will be given to all those who RSVP and to all students in LMU programs.

2 p.m. – Introductions, panel presentations
3 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. – Dialogue, Q&A
4:15 p.m. – Joint reception for both sessions
5 p.m. – Adjournment

To Attend
This forum is free and open to the public, RSVP is requested (click Register button). Ministry Studies certificate program students are required to attend (no rsvp necessary). For additional information, please contact the Center at 310-338-2799 or email

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

St. Robert's Hall, Auditorium
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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