“A love capable of transcending borders is the basis of what – in every city and country – can be called ‘social friendship.’ Genuine social friendship within a society makes true universal openness possible.” (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 99)
Global Ministries University co-sponsors a biennial international and interreligious conference. In August 2021, “Building Human Solidarity in Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti,” had over 3,000 participants from over 19 nations.
Watch 2023’s international conference “Walking Together in Light of Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Si’ – coinciding with the UN International Day of Human Fraternity and World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The American hub – conducted by GMU – offers a series of presentations on
- environmental concerns and climate change
- Laudato Si’
- immigration, refugees and indigenous peoples
- Building a Just Peace
- The Voices of Women
Keynoting the 3-day event was Fr. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, sx, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace, Ela Gandhi, former minister in the South African Parliament and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Bishop John Stowe, OFM, Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, KY, and Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA.
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GMU’s Interfaith Studies Program
Global Ministries University, commited to inclusion and diversity, offers degrees and certificates in Interfaith Studies degree programs.
GMU’s Class On Fethullah Gulen
Part of the interfaith studies degree program, GMU’s class on Fethullah Gulen 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.
GMU partners with the Shogaku Zen Institute – led by female Zen priest psychologist Grace Shireson – in awarding degrees and certificates in Buddhist studies.