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Council for Interfaith Engagement

Palm Sunday: Hosanna to the Son of David

As part of Holy Week, Religious Outreach Fellow Elliott Wise and students created this video to help viewers reflect on the importance of Palm Sunday. If you would like to learn more, view the videos related to the Stations of the Cross here.

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Portrait Marin Roper

Council News

New Faculty Fellows Announced for the Council for Interfaith Engagement

New Faculty Fellow appointed to the Council for Interfaith Engagement during the Fall 2022 semester Marin Leggat Roper was also named a BYU Kennedy Center Research Fellow. The research theme is "The Global Religious Experience." Marin will be examining how movement and spirituality are connected through the medium of dance. Read more

Matthew Wickman is also joining the Council in Fall 2022 semester and recently spoke about "Divine Silence" with BYU Radio. Listen to the interview here.

John Hilton III is also joining the Council in Fall 2022 and was awarded the 2022-2023 Loretta C. Gledhill Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship by Brigham Young University. The award summary noted that "Hilton exemplifies devoted, attentive teaching. His classes demonstrate a balanced approach to helping students understand the history and context of the scriptures as well as training them in ways that lead to spiritual edification and lifelong discipleship. Hilton used class time purposefully, and his course contains a healthy blend of teaching and learning approaches."
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Community


Building Bridges Across Boundaries

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February. In 2021 we also mark the inaugural International Day of Human Fraternity on 4 February.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2010. In its resolution, the General Assembly, pointed out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.
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Campus

7:30 PM
Thursday, September 15


BYU’s 3rd Annual Richard L. Evans Memorial Lecture will soon be upon us! On Thursday, Sept 15 at 7:30, on what should be a lovely September evening, Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Dean of the Howard University Divinity School, will deliver her lecture titled “Cradle and Cauldron: Early Black American Religion and Interfaith Possibilities.” In addition to providing a vital Black American perspective on interfaith relations both historically and at present, Dr. Pierce’s campus visit has been planned in support of BYU’s “Race, Equity, and Belonging” vision and initiatives.
Dr. Pierce is a scholar, writer, and public theologian. She currently serves as Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. In 2016, Pierce was appointed as the Founding Director of the Center for African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Previously, she served as the Founding Director of the Center for Black Church Studies and Associate Professor of Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Church



The organizers of the G20 Interfaith Forum (held in Italy September 12–14) invited leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to discuss religious freedom and its impact on minority religions.
And that’s what Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles did. In his September 13 remarks in front of global religious leaders at the forum’s session on religious freedom and minority faiths, the Apostle spoke of the beginnings of the Church — itself once a minority. From its humble 19th-century start in New York and its turbulent times in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, the Church is now a worldwide faith of nearly 17 million members.
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In Memoriam of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

November 09, 2020 02:26 PM
The world lost a genuine beacon of hope and light on November 7, 2020 when Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks passed away. The gaping hole left in the world at his passing will serve as a reminder of the life he lived and the words he so eloquently spoke and wrote. As a Jewish leader in Britain and throughout the world, he was, in a word, remarkable. Ever kind and ever present, Rabbi Sacks worked tirelessly to spread truth and goodness through his many interactions with people. Though much of his work was done in the highest levels of government and religious institutions, it was not without broad scope and penetrating reach into all levels of society. Read Full Story