Interfaith Studies


Global Citizenship

GMU is co-sponsoring an international and interreligious conference in Kenya, “Building Bridges for Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter: Fratelli Tutti.” Other sponsors are the Harmony Institute, the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS), and Umma University.

The conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on August 19, 20 and 21, 2021 and will be available on Zoom and YouTube. You will be able to register for the conference in the coming weeks. There will be no charge to participate in it but donations are welcome. Read the description of the concept of the interfaith conference, “Building Bridges for Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter: Fratelli Tutti,” here.

The future of our planet rests largely with our youth and the care with which we help them to develop and flourish.

President Grudzen is offering a free course for young people who wish to participate in the conference to develop their own priority issues and submit a vision statement from their perspective.

The meetings will take place the first Wednesday of each month from February through June 2021. They will begin at 7 pm (Pacific Time) and last for 90 minutes.

Ms. Shahinaz El Hennawi will be our guest speak at the Global Citizenship Forum on May 5.  She resides in Alexandria, Egypt where she has worked in the field of peace education and gender studies at the world famous Library of Alexandria. She is also a GMU faculty member in the field of peace education. View her work here.

This is FREE course but registration in advance is required.

GMU is collaborating with the Shogaku Zen Institute led by a female Zen priest psychologist, Grace Shireson.

The class on Fethullah Gulen is now being offered as part of an interfaith studies degree program but no longer as a separate Zoom class. It is taught by Nihal Sahan, the first Muslim doctoral graduate from GMU and Chair of the Muslim affiliated Pacifica Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please contact for more information on how to sign up.
You can watch Dr. Grudzen interview Jon Paul, the author of Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet, here.