Graduate Theological Union

Being Interfaith Now: New Directions in American Religious Pluralism

The Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture

What Center for Islamic Studies Staff/Trustees Institute of Buddhist Studies Lectures and Seminars Alumni Pacific School of Religion GTU Special Events Faculty Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies General Public

06:00 pm
09:00 pm

Where Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, 94709
Contact Name Angela Muñoz
Contact Email
Contact Phone 510/649-2440
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Kate McCarthy (GTU Ph.D. '94)

Professor, CSU Chico, and author of Interfaith Encounters in America

Kate McCarthy


6 pm: Reception, Bade Museum
7 pm: Lecture, Chapel of the Great Commission

Free and open to the public


For generations, “interfaith dialogue” in the United States meant the polite extension of Christian ecumenical efforts to include Jews, and the occasional Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim. In Interfaith Encounters in America (Routledge 2007), Kate McCarthy tracked more recent trends in five sites of interreligious encounter: the academy, national interfaith political coalitions, community-based interfaith groups, interfaith marriages, and online interfaith dialogue sites. Contrary to strident media representations, she found thoughtful people from countless religious traditions committed to the values of a religiously plural society, even as their religious and political identities remain in tension with one another. Four years later, the ground has shifted again. In her lecture, McCarthy will analyze changes in American religious demographics and spirituality that are making “interfaith” not just a descriptor of certain religious events or organizations, but also, for many Americans, an emerging mode of religious being.