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THE MILLER CENTER FOR INTERRELIGIOUS LEARNING & LEADERSHIP

The Miller Center provides current and future religious and ethical leaders with the knowledge and skills to serve in a religiously diverse society. Our work is rooted in the cultivation of authentic personal and institutional relationships across lines of difference. Founded in 2016, the Miller Center was established in memory of Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller (of blessed memory), MAJS’05, through the generosity of her husband Dan Miller, member of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees.

ANNOUNCING THE UPCOMING PUBLICATION OF Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement

Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement (Orbis Books), is co-edited by the Miller Center’s Rabbi Or Rose and Rev. Soren Hessler with Dr. Homayra Ziad of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. Coming this summer, the book provides readers the opportunity to engage with sacred texts from a variety of traditions (Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Humanist) that inspire or guide the writers in their interreligious activities. Each chapter includes a primary text, information about the historical and literary contexts of the text, a personal commentary, and guiding questions for reflection and discussion.

"If I could recommend one book to someone beginning the journey of interreligious engagement, it would be Words to Live By. And I would recommend the book with equal enthusiasm to people who have been on this journey for many years. Here's what makes it so unique: you encounter active practitioners of different faiths as they engage with specific passages from their traditions. In this way, you gain a triple benefit: exposure to a variety of sacred texts, exposure to contemporary interpretations of those texts, and insights into what it means to hold one's own faith passionately while respecting the gifts that come from other traditions." —Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

 

A Public Conversation on Interreligious Engagement at Harvard University


In partnership with the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and the Interfaith Youth Core, the Miller Center recently co-hosted a panel discussion on “Models of Interfaith Leadership in an Age of Polarization" (2/26/2018). Rabbi Or RoseDirector of the Miller Center, joined Professor Diana Eck, Director, The Pluralism Project, Harvard University, Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core, and Dr. Jennifer Peace, Associate Professor of Interfaith Studies, Andover Newton Theological School, in an interactive conversation with local participants at Harvard's Barker Center and with others who joined by video conference.

Watch the full "Models of Interfaith Leadership in an Age of Polarization" panel

Lux Center, Sacred Heart, 2018 Spring Lecture


Rabbi Or Rose, was the featured speaker at the annual spring lecture of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Milwaukee.  The visit included a public lecture, “Calling out from the Depths: Reading the Psalms in Two Voices;” an address to seminarians,  “Deepening My own Spirituality: The Transformative Possibilities of Interreligious Learning;” and a lunch-and-learn session for area theologians, “A Dialogue of Devotion: Thomas Merton and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. ” 

Yale Divinity School’s Quadcast


“People from a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions are now interacting with one another in ways that are mostly unprecedented in human history.” —Rabbi Or Rose, Yale Divinity School’s Quadcast: “If there is One God, Why So Many Religions?” Listen to the full podcast—a conversation about the current state of interreligious leadership with Rabbi Rose and Rev. Gregory Mobley here.

FEATURED MILLER CENTER INITIATIVES

The Journal of Interreligious Studies 


The Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS)™ is an online scholarly publication featuring the work of academics and practitioners engaged in interreligious dialogue, study, and action. The goal of JIRS is to help develop this nascent interdisciplinary field, including discussions of the relationship of religion to other aspects of personal and communal identity, including race, ethnicity, gender, and economics. The Journal includes an annual open call for theological, historical, textual, and other essays, as well as thematic issues on specific contemporary issues—the environment, poverty, peace building, etc. JIRS in a collaborative venture of the Boston University School of Theology and Hebrew College's Miller Center. The Journal also draws on the wisdom and expertise of outstanding scholars and practitioners from across the country who serve on the advisory committee and as reviewers. For regular updates, we invite you to follow the Journal on Facebook. A sign-up for a newsletter is in the works. To read current and past issues click here

Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative


The Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI) fellows are undergraduate student leaders (10 total) from five outstanding schools in the Boston area who are engaged in ongoing learning and joint interreligious action across campuses. While there are several successful interreligious programs on individual campuses throughout Greater Boston, the BILI fellowship is the only program that offers student leaders from different institutions the opportunity for joint fellowship, professional development, and study. In addition, the fellows plan an annual spring retreat for themselves and their peers. The goal of BILI is to foster a community of leaders and to help each of them bring back new insights and perspectives to their religiously diverse campuses.

Miriam Israel“BILI has been an amazing capstone to my interfaith experience on campus, and has allowed me to explore and expand what it means to participate in interfaith spaces, as well as how to actively create them for others. It has been so rewarding to learn from the other fellows about what they are doing on their campuses, and I have been consistently inspired by the sensitivity, drive and creativity of the entire cohort -- I am so excited to see what these connections lead to in the future!" —Miriam Israel, senior, Tufts University, International Relations and Arabic

Boston Bridges Fellowship


In its second year, the Miller Center’s Boston Bridges Fellowship Program provides emerging religious and communal leaders (12 total) the opportunity to develop sustained relationships with peers from different religious and culture cultural contexts, and to refine and deepen their leadership skills for service in a diverse society. Sessions are led by the Miller Center faculty and staff, as well as outstanding religious, cultural, and civic leaders from the Greater Boston area. Fellows are also invited to introduce each other to their respective religious communities in various ways.

Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman"As an imam, I do not often find spaces in which I can open up with peers about the questions, doubts, fears, hopes and dreams that I hold at any given time. Being in community with the other Bridges fellows has allowed me to enter such a sacred space. Each person brings their own life experiences to the table, which has helped me reflect more deeply on my own work and religious journey. I’m hoping to stay connected to the members of my cohort and to the program in the future." —Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Program Associate, New England, Facing History & Ourselves

 

State of Formation Writing Fellowship


The State of Formation writing fellowship is designed to help outstanding religious and ethical leaders develop their public voices as thought leaders. The program, co-sponsored by Boston University School of Theology and the Miller Center, provides the fellows the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, with a focus on blogging, in relationship with peers and mentors actively engaged in interreligious leadership.


"Identity, Privilege, and Power: Unpacking from My Trip to Indonesia" by Micah Norman-Pace: What is essential about me? Who am I in different contexts? How do my particular and contextual identity markers play out in new spaces?" Read more.

"A Happy Camper: The Evolution of My Sikhi and Me" by Harleen Kaur: “How do we create a more global, unified diaspora community? What does active Sikh engagement look like? Where and how do we build the bridges between our faith and faith practice?" Read more.

About Hebrew College


Founded in 1921, Hebrew College promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement, and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical school, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school.
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