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August 2022

A scholarly summer

ICJS might appear dormant to the public during the summer, as we pause our busy course schedule, but there is important work going on. Scholarship is key to the ICJS mission of dismantling religious bias and bigotry and building interreligious learning communities. Our scholars take this summer time for research that goes into articles, books and the courses for the coming year. And we carried out two programs that helped to advance the emerging academic field of interreligious studies.

In June, a group of more than two dozen emerging Muslim and Christian religious leaders engaged in an innovative week-long intensive course in interreligious dialogue. This was the first time our Emerging Religious Leaders program included Muslim students in an initiative that is the first of its kind in the country.

And in July, ICJS held its inaugural Faculty Seminar, titled Faiths & Ferocity, which brought together multidisciplinary university scholars from around the country to explore the intersections between interreligious studies and genocide studies. Please take a few moments to read our Q&A with Ben Sax, Jewish scholar and seminar co-leader, to learn about the intersecting themes they  uncovered.

Highlights in this Issue:


2022 Manekin-Clark Lecture: American Muslims at a Crossroads
with Dalia Mogahed

Muslims are often a topic of conversation in the public square, but less often are in the conversation. Dalia Mogahed, one of the foremost researchers and experts on Islam in the United States, will share insights into the attitudes, beliefs, and opinions of American Muslims. Mogahed will illustrate the challenges, opportunities, and interfaith connections of this growing, resilient American religious community

Monday, Oct. 24, 2022
7:00–8:30 PM
At Islamic Society of Baltimore
6631 Johnnycake Rd
Windsor Mill, MD 21244
and Live Streamed


Last call to apply for the Justice Leaders Fellowship 

The Justice Leaders Fellowship is a 10-month intensive program for local community, nonprofit, and civic leaders to study and dialogue together. The fellowship will draw on the rich resources of diverse religious traditions to inform and inspire a more just Baltimore and to discover how religious pluralism is key to a democratic society. The 2022-2023 cohort will focus on economic justice.


Entering interreligious spaces with woundedness  
By Sharon Achinstein, 2022 Congregational Leader Fellow

What does it mean to create an interreligious life when past experiences with people from other religions have been difficult? Sharon finds a way forward while acknowledging the challenging times she’s had.

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A teacher learns to keep learning
By Daniel Knapp, 2021-2022 Teacher Fellow

Sharing lesson plans with other educators takes vulnerability and isn’t always easy. Dan Knapp, who prepared a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel, reflects on the growing pains of receiving correction and the power of learning from his cohort of teacher fellows. 

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Spotlight | Wanted: Responses from Maryland chaplains

In partnership with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University, ICJS launched a statewide survey to learn more about chaplains. If you are serving as a chaplain or spiritual caregiver in Maryland, we invite you to complete this survey and share the link with colleagues. The results will help us create education and support programs for chaplains that address real needs for spiritual caregivers.

Fill out survey

Staff Pick | Churches are apologizing for historical sins

Pope Francis made headlines with his recent apology to Indigenous groups for abuse at church-run boarding schools in Canada. But his action is becoming more common, particularly among Protestant denominations, which have acknowledged error and apologized in recent years for harmful actions committed by their members and institutions.


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About Us 

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) works to dismantle religious bias and bigotry to foster an interreligious society in which dialogue replaces division, friendship overcomes fear, and education eradicates ignorance. Through courses, fellowships, online events, and scholarship initiatives, ICJS builds learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good. ICJS is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization.


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