World Religions and World Church

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The World Religions World Church (WRWC) program is dedicated to the study of global religions and the global Church.  Our faculty and students research world religions in all of their dimensions, in addition to the Church and its theological expressions in diverse cultural settings.  We have a particular commitment to thinking about how the global Church is in conversation with world religions.  Through our work, we seek to serve the Church and society as well as to advance inter-religious understanding. 

The faculty in our program (see here) represent a remarkable diversity of specializations.  From a regional perspective, we have particular strengths in the Middle East, Africa, India, and Latin America.  From a disciplinary perspective, we have particular strengths in Comparative Theology, Islamic Studies, Buddhist Studies, Hindu Studies, African Theology, and Latino Theology.  By bringing together the rigorous study of religions and Catholic theology, WRWC is unique within the university and the academy as a whole.  We seek to follow the counsel of Pope Francis, who comments in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “An attitude of openness in truth and in love must characterize the dialogue with the followers of non-Christian religions.” 

In addition to our instruction on the undergraduate and graduate levels, conferences, and books, the World Religions World Church at Notre Dame program collaborates with Birmingham University (UK) on the publication of the journal Islam and Christian Muslim Relations.