Boston College

Interreligious dialogue is an important aspect of Boston College life. The university, in conjunction with Theology Department, sponsors many activities throughout the academic year to promote dialogue. Just this year, the university opened an interfaith prayer and meditation space. In October 2000, Cardinal Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, came and spoke to the university on the role of the Catholic university in interreligious dialogue. Swami Tyagananda from the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of Boston gave a lecture entitled "The Search for Self in India." Professor Tracy Pintchman from Loyola University Chicago lectured on "The Wisdom of Hindu Goddess Traditions: Cosmic, Mythic and Social Dimensions." Professor John Keenan from Middlebury College will talk in March on "The Real Presence in the Eucharist: A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective." In both semesters of the 2000-2001 year, panel discussions geared toward undergraduates focused on the importance of studying other religions. For this and other information, visit the Comparative Theology website at:

Every week, there is a Comparative Theology Lunch with informal talks and discussions on issues related to interreligious dialogue and comparative theology (see discussion topics and outlines of Lunch presentations at: Four times a year, the Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue meets for an evening lecture and discussion on specific yearly themes. This year’s theme is "Confronting our Traditions of Holy War." Throughout the year, the Theology Department and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning ( hold many lectures and discussions specifically to promote interreligious understanding and dialogue.

Tracy Tiemeier
PhD Student
Boston College

Created: October 4, 2000 Updated: March 4, 2001