"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 February, 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 2013 conference was dedicated to the theme of "Forgiveness."
Click here to see a video of the conference's one public event, The Edward Bronfman Family Foundation Annual Lecture on Religious Pluralism. The title of the 2013 lecture was "From Crisis to Covenant: Rethinking a Narrative for Israel."
The 2012 conference was dedicated to the theme "Engaging Democracy." The 2011 conference focused on the theme of "The Good Person." The theme of the 2012 forum, held on February 28, was "Modern Israel and the Challenges of a Jewish-Democratic State." Click here to view a video of the event.