"The conference is characterized by mutual interfaith study and discussion of texts among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars in the heart of Jerusalem each year. As the violence and tensions between the religious traditions of the world continue to escalate, particularly in the Middle East but also globally, there is no reason whatsoever for this annual gathering to work, and yet, strangely, it continues to do so.… This conference is in my knowledge unique in what it attempts to do and how it attempts to do it. It remains an extraordinary achievement; I see it as a small-scale subversion of apocalypse through the practice of humanity and the extension of self to other.” - Prof. Kimberley Patton, Harvard University
The need to articulate response to problems of modernity confront the three major religious traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of whom must grapple with the gradual loss of faith on the one hand, and rising fundamentalism on the other.
Believing that every religious tradition may be challenged and enriched by the doctrines of another, the annual International Theology Conference brings together leading theologians of these three religions for a week of tripartite dialogue and interreligious joint study. Through an intimate, respectful, and rigorous academic encounter, participants engage in intensive textual study, sharing their beliefs, reflections, and dilemmas.
Every winter, dozens of leading Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians from around the world convene in Jerusalem for a week of roundtable discussions and group study on a chosen topic.
The Edward Bronfman Family Foundation Annual Lecture on Religious Pluralism is the conference's one annual public event. Look to the right-hand side of this page for videos of those lectures.
- 2014:"The Religious Problem of Environmental Ethics"
- 2012: "Engaging Democracy"
- 2011: "The Good Person"