In May 2014, the Boniuk Institute awarded five
small grants to seed projects that will investigate religious tolerance
from various disciplinary perspectives. Funding will conclude in June 2015 and updates will
be posted online soon thereafter.
The Boniuk Institute’s hallmark spring
event on April 10th brought together three prestigious scholars from
three distinct disciplinary perspectives to discuss the challenges of religious
The city of Houston will serve as a local laboratory for much of our research. The demographics of Houston make it an excellent context for examining issues of religious diversity and creating models of religious tolerance that can be implemented more broadly.
The Boniuk Institute will co-sponsor a course in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Boniuk Institute Directors will co-teach the course
Diversity and Understanding in Today’s World.
The Boniuk Institute announces a new course for Fall 2014 that will explore religious tolerance within various religious traditions. IntraReligious Tolerance and Beyond (RELI214) will explore different historical religions and the models of inclusivity and pluralism that these religions have promoted. The course will explore the dialogue of religious tolerance and the need to move to religious pluralism in a global community.
On March 28th, the Boniuk Institute hosted Professor John Mukum Mbaku from Weber State University to host a lecture on religious conflicts within Africa. His lecture focused on the institutional mechanisms necessary to bring about peaceful coexistence between different religious groups in the African continent.
pluralistic engagement was exemplified by
the collaborative efforts of faith groups and their leaders in the American Civil
Rights movement during the 1950s and 60s. In addition to well-known black
clergymen such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many other diverse
religious leaders and traditions made the Civil Rights
movement truly interfaith.
For the 4th annual Sacred Sites Quest, SSQ partnered with the community to create the Freedmen's Town Labyrinth. Read about the recent media coverage that this fruitful collaboration yielded.
Led by Cristal C. Truscott, the Enter
Faith Workshop Series met for six sessions this past spring to use story
circles, dialogue, and arts-inspired techniques as tools for deepening
interfaith conversations and relationships and developing religious and
The Boniuk Council is composed of undergraduate students at Rice who act as a liaison between the Institute and the student body.
Prof. José Casanova
7pm, Rice University
October 17, 2014
Reverend James Lawson
7pm, Riverside United Methodist Church
Dr. Zahra Jamal
12pm, Rice University
The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
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