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The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue is dedicated to facilitating respectful understanding of faith traditions through dialogue. We currently focus our conversations on the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

We hold monthly Dialogue meetings at houses of worship throughout Albuquerque, usually on the third Thursday afternoon/evening of each month. Check our blog or calendar for details about upcoming NM Interfaith Dialogue meetings and other interfaith events of interest.

We also hold an annual Spring Colloquium to explore specific issues in-depth, comparing the similarities and differences among Jews, Christians and Muslims. We also welcome other faith traditions into the dialogue to further create interfaith understanding.

Upcoming Monthly Dialogue Meetings

21
Dec

December Holiday Traditions and Treats

Let’s share our favorite foods of the season and stories of our December holiday traditions. Plan to bring copies of recipes to Nativity Parish, along with samples to eat. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church is located at 9502 […]

18
Jan

Reading and Discussing Being Muslim

The book Being Muslim is a slim volume that provides an overview of key contemporary political and social issues. This book is a cross-cultural attempt toward understanding. Long a charged topic in the West, Islam has become incendiary since 9/11, drawing heated reactions from both defenders and critics. The two sides rarely talk, and when […]

Annual Spring Colloquium

The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue holds an annual Colloquium in the spring, offering a full day of knowledgeable speakers providing though-provoking presentations on religious topics and discussion among audience participants.

The next Colloquium will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Road NE. The theme is “The Nature of Evil: What is Our Response?” The 2018 Colloquium speakers are:

Citrin Hassane Omkara Rohr

2017 Speakers L to R: Rabbi Paul Citrin, Imam Taha Hassane, Swami Omkara, Father Richard Rohr

The 2017 event was a big success! Our three featured speakers brought illuminating insights from Jewish, Christian and Muslim prophets and mystics. Visit this page to learn more!

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Dialogue History

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The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue began in 1982 as an interpersonal dialogue between Albuquerque-area priest, Father Ernest Falardo, and Rabbi Paul Citrin of Congregation Albert, in response to the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.

The conversation soon expanded to include educators within both faith traditions. During the early years, from 1984 to 1993, the Dialogue held educational programs and joint prayer services.

During those years as the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue, the purposes were: “to promote understanding and goodwill among the peoples of the Jewish and Catholic religions; to conduct religious, social and educational programs designed to increase community awareness and sensitivity toward issues relating to Christians and Jews; to engage in various forms of ecumenical dialogue and interaction; and to engage in such other similar activities permissible under law to nonprofit corporations of this nature and character.”

The first Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Colloquium was held in 1994. A colloquium is an hours-long gathering with knowledgeable speakers providing thought-provoking presentations on religious topics, followed by discussion among audience participants.

By 2012, the Dialogue and Colloquium included enough Christian non-Catholic participants that changing to a more inclusive name was determined to be appropriate. The organization changed its name to the Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

During Colloquia held 2006 to 2009, the presentations included all three Abrahamic faith perspectives: Jews, Christians and Muslims. In post-event evaluations, many attendees requested continuing and increased Muslim engagement. In 2015, the organization’s name was changed once again to the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue, expanding the conversation to become more inclusive.

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