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


Feb. 15 Immigrant Justice

In the past week, Archbishop John Wester issued letters and televised readings responding to current immigrant concerns. In his Pastoral Letter he urges: “Please, keep in touch with local organizations that can assist immigrants in legal matters…” With that in mind, NM Interfaith Dialogue will defer our February meeting in favor of one by the New Mexico […]


March 7: Spring Colloquium

Rabbi Paul Citrin, Father Richard Rohr, and Imam Taha Hassane from San Diego are the featured speakers at the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue’s Spring Colloquium, “Mystics and Prophets: Ancient Light for Today’s World.” Mark your calendars to attend the 2017 Colloquium on Tuesday, March 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of New Mexico […]

Annual Spring Colloquium

Oil LampThe 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.

Mark your calendars to attend the 2017 Colloquium on Tuesday, March 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

The theme for the 2017 Colloquium is “Prophets and Mystics: Ancient Light for Today’s World.”

Join the conversation as we consider:

Three featured speakers will bring illuminating insights from Jewish, Christian and Muslim prophets and mystics. Visit this page to learn more and register!

Dialogue History


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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