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The Center will increase UW–Madison students’ religious literacy and their facility for communicating across boundaries of faith, so that they may function effectively as citizens of a religiously diverse world.
Undergraduate Scholars and Dr. Rosenhagen
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Book Launch: The Future of Interreligious Dialogue: A Conversation on Nostra Aetate

The future of Interreligious dialogue

Time: 5pm-7pm; February 13th, 2018
Location: Upper House, 365 E Campus Mall #200

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65), popularly known as Vatican II, was arguably one of the most transformative religious events of the twentieth century.” So writes UW historian, Charles L. Cohen, in a new edited volume that explores the council’s still unfolding global legacy and implications. The book offers a fresh examination of Vatican II’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions from a variety of religious traditions and perspectives. In a world of profound religious and cultural difference it engages in the interreligious challenge to create not just “a truce among [religions], but an alliance to promote human well-being and spiritual growth.”

On February 13, Professor Charles Cohen, along with his co-editors Professor Paul F. Knitter and the director of the CRGC, Professor Ulrich Rosenhagen, as well as CRGC scholar Kyra Fox, to join us for a discussion about the book, and the landscape of contemporary interfaith dialogue in light of a remarkable moment in recent religious history.

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Madison-area faith leaders, social justice activists discuss place of religion in law

Credit: Brooke Hollingsworth/The Badger Herald

The University of Wisconsin Center for Religion and Global Citizenry invited three Madison-area faith leaders and social justice activists to speak on social justice issues in religion on Tuesday.

Payal Khandhar, a criminal defense attorney, identifying atheist and board member of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry spoke about her work as an attorney and how she advises her clients to not bring up religion in the courtroom.

“Many judges are identifying atheists, so religion in the courtroom is unhelpful,” Khandhar said.

New seminar seeks to connect students across racial, religious boundaries

Students from the CRGC in discussion.

Executive Director of UW Hillel Greg Steinberger says he thinks students are living in a time of increased tension — something he wants to work toward easing with a new seminar.

“I think people feel a raw discomfort at the moment in society, where there’s this polarization, or there’s this intensity everywhere we turn about race, or ethnicity, or immigration,” Steinberger says.

University dining policy overlooks students of faith

Dining Hall photo

Last week, University Housing introduced controversial changes to its dining plan, altering the longstanding “pay as you go” policy. The proposed changes would require students living in dorms to add a minimum of $1,400 to their dining hall account per year. Though University Housing defended the proposal as a way to budget spending and promote healthy dining choices, the program was met with near-unanimous disapproval.

CGRG Scholar named Rhodes Scholar finalist

Kyra Fox

November 19, 2017 By Doug Erickson, University Relations Specialist

UW–Madison seniors Kyra Fox and Ross Dahlke — both accomplished undergraduate researchers with exceptional academic credentials — competed as finalists this year for Rhodes Scholarships.