Interfaith Studies

President Grudzen and Maria Grudzen speak at Stanford University: “A Case Study in the Value of Interfaith Education for building Global Partnerships.”

International Interfaith Conference On Fratelli Tutti A “Global” Success!

“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)

Over 3,200 of our brothers and sisters from around the world joined the
“Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti ” international interfaith conference. It was a very fitting way to celebrate GMU’s 20th anniversary year! Attendee, Sister Nadine McGuiness SSJ, called the conference “totally wonderful” and stated that it was “the highlight of [her] summer.”

Thank you for your outstanding generosity! GMU attendees donated $1220 to Global Ministries University to support the conference on Fratelli Tutti. It is because of benefactors like these that GMU can continue to sponsor worldwide initiatives like this conference.

You can view the plenaries, workshops and global recaps on the conference YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel for alerts on future presentations.

GMU’s Librarian, Judy Clarence, has compiled an extensive annotated bibliography on the issues covered in the conference. Whether you attended the conference or not, you can benefit from Judy’s expertise.

Read the Conference Bibliography here.

Marita Grudzen’s article on the Fratelli Tutti conference appeared in the recent issue of the Maryknoll Affiliates newsletter.

Global Citizenship

GMU is co-sponsoring an international and interreligious conference, “Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti with the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) and the State Islamic University, Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia (UIN). Other sponsors include the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the Harmony Institute, Umma University, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, and the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)

The central hub of the conference will be located at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya with other hubs in Rome, Indonesia, and California. GMU will be hosting the “Hub of the Americas” in California.

Father Patrick Ryan, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University will be speaking via Zoom for US audiences on Islamophobia and paths to collaboration between Christians and Muslims around ways to achieve more global solidarity.

Former Governor of CA, Jerry Brown, will address the “Building Human Solidarity” conference in person on the Climate Crisis.

Fr Michael Agliardo, SJ, Executive Director of United States China Catholic Association will speak about the relationship of Laudato Si to Fratelli Tutti.

The first workshop of the Hub of the Americas will be on racial justice with presentations by noted authors in this area of concern as well as participation by activists in social justice movements. Susan Gunn, Director, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, will moderate “Addressing Structures of Racism and Building Human Solidarity in the United States.”

The second workshop will be on the disparity of COVID-19 global vaccine distribution. Father Augustine Pamplany, Ph.D, Director of Institute of Science and Religion, Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, Kerala, India, and Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Science and Religion will speak about the ethical implications of the pandemic in India as well as the developing world: “Voices from India and Africa on the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Health, Economy and Politics of the global community.”

The third workshop of the Hub of the Americas with be on the climate crisis, entitled, “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor” with moderator, Marita Grudzen, Chair, Diocese of San Jose, “Stewards of Our Common Home.”

The conference will take place on August 19, 20 and 21, 2021 and will be available on Zoom and YouTube. There will be no charge to participate but donations are welcome.

Read the description of the concept of the “Fratelli Tutti” Conference here.



Interfaith Courses

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’s interview with Jon Paul, the author of Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet, here.