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Who We Are

Center for Interfaith Affairs, Peace Islands Institute


The Conference  is administered and organized by the  Peace Islands Institute (PII) and Nazareth College, Hickey center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in cooperation with the Fatih University, Istanbul.   The Peace Islands Institute aspires to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration, both welcoming and accepting varied viewpoints and voices with the intent to develop original and alternative perspectives on vital issues that our society is facing, generate solutions to these issues, support successful practices, thus promoting education, friendship and harmony and acting as an island of peace for all peoples in a society of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.


The Hickey Center

The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue includes individuals who are diverse in religion, faith, ethnicity, race, gender and education. In 1999, representatives from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist religions in Rochester, New York came together to further improve relations among people of all faiths, stand against hate, and build bridges of respectful understanding. From this effort, the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) was formally created on November 28, 2001, shortly after the September 11 tragedies.   In 2004, CISD found its permanent home at Nazareth College and, in 2011, was renamed the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in honor of two of the Center’s most dedicated long-time supporters. The Hickey Center offers training programs for adults and youths, various certificate courses, and an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in interfaith studies, with a vision to offer MA in religion and interfaith studies soon.

Fatih University at Istanbul


The Center for International Education

The Center for International Education at Nazareth College is the cornerstone of the college's commitment to international education. Established in 2002, CIE is fully committed to guide and support international students, and to assist with problems, from visa procedures to internship support. This ability, combined with a vast knowledge of immigration law and its rapidly changing policies, makes the CIE the best source of information and assistance for Nazareth's international student community.



Institutional Partners

  • Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago)

    Catholic Theological Union is the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States.  We are committed to ecumenism as well as interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities. The Catholic-Muslim and Catholic- Jewish Study Programs are dedicated to building bridges of mutual understanding and respect between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities.

  • Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) 

    The Department of Religious Studies brings a variety of perspectives to the study of a significant aspect of human existence: religion. At HWS, study of religion is intrinsically multicultural and interdisciplinary as students learn through different academic approaches like historical, ethical, political and theological angles.

  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT): The Fairfax Institute

    The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private, non-profit, academic, cultural and educational institution concerned with general issues of Islamic thought and education. The Institute conducts its educational and training activities and courses through its institutional division, The Fairfax Institute. The Fairfax Institute's vision is to become a platform for continuing education and lifelong through an open exchange of ideas and information that enhance religious and spiritual understanding, develop performance skills, achieve professional growth, and enrich people's intellectual lives.

  • Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame

    The Department of Theology is the heart of Notre Dame's education in faith and reason. Guided by the ideal of "faith seeking understanding," the faculty engage in critical reflection in six areas: moral theology, world religions and world church, history of Christianity, liturgy, biblical studies, and systematic theology.

  • Dialogue Institute at Temple University

    In 1978, as a companion arm to the Journal of Ecumenical Studies (JES) the academic journal, the “Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue” was established with the first International Scholars’ Abrahamic Trialogue. This work evolved into the establishment of a “Global Dialogue Institute.”  Thirty years later, in 2008, The Dialogue Institute has emerged as the collective embodiment of these pioneering efforts in interreligious dialogue.

  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 

    RRC is a progressive rabbinical school where people of all backgrounds engage intensively with Jewish texts, thought and practice.

  • Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College

    Since opening its doors in 1990, Northeastern Seminary on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College has continued to grow in prominence as a significant resource for the church community in Upstate New York.  Northeastern Seminary is a multi-denominational graduate school of theology offering five academically and professionally accredited degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice, Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, and Doctor of Ministry.  The student body is comprised of more than 30 different Christian faith traditions represented among 180 students and 300-plus graduates ministering around the nation and the world.

  • Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester

    In the Department of Religion and Classics students explore the great, classical civilizations of West and East and the major religions that emerged from them. Through the study of important classical, biblical, and religious writings, either in the original language or in translation, students critically examine the beliefs, ideas, values, rituals, and traditions that have shaped Western and Asian cultures and study the ways these have persisted and changed from ancient to contemporary times.

  • St. John Fisher College Department of Religious Studies

    The mission of the Religious Studies Department at Saint John Fisher College is to foster the academic study of religion in all its diversity in order to equip students to live and appreciate a culture of religious pluralism.

  • The Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University

    The faculty of the Religion Department draw attention to the relationship of religion with culture, both the religious dimensions of secular culture (film and art, for example) and traditional religions as cultural phenomena. The Department offers the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Its graduate curriculum emphasizes methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of religion. It hosts the iconic Books Project among other research programs.

  • The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program of Boston University School of Theology

    The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program was first established in 2004 with generous funding from the Luce Foundation. This program prepares religious leaders to become a resource for peace in a multi-cultural, multi-faith world. It is aimed at training ministers and other religious leaders in the theology, theory, and practice of faith-based conflict transformation in the church and in the world. At the heart of this program is putting the ministry of reconciliation back at the center of the church’s mission and the training of religious leaders for that mission.

  • The Parliament of  World's Religions

    The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

  • Chautauqua Institution Department of Religion

    A center for the identification and development of the best in human values, the Chautauqua Institution pursues its mission to nurture, in a place of natural beauty, the deepest religious impulses of humankind.  Religious faith, part of its treasured legacy and fabric, forms the very core of the community’s life, in which persons of all faiths and no faith gather to examine fundamental religious truths.  Within the full range of human experience, including art, science, philosophy, and politics, the sacred and secular interact positively and constructively, honoring and demonstrating what it means to live in and respond to contemporary religious pluralism.

    Department of Religious Studies

    The Religious Studies Department at Nazareth College is a community of scholars who engage in the academic study of religion, educate one another about religion, and promote the public understanding of religion. Faculty members of the department pursue their own specialized and constructive study of religion, direct the learning of students, and contribute to the broad civic conversation about religion. Student members of the department may follow a rigorous major program of study in order to become proficient in the field of Religious Studies, or complete a minor program in Religious Studies in order to complement a major in some other field, or take a limited number of courses in specific areas of personal interest.

    The College of Arts and Sciences

    Liberal arts and sciences are by name and nature the studies that free us to explore who we are and to test out aspects of the person we want to become. The number of credits devoted to this core curriculum of English, Mathematics, the Social and Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, the Arts, and Foreign Language is a testimony to to how important your discovery of that person is.
  • Nazareth College

    Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is an independent liberal arts and professional college located in Pittsford, NY. The mission of the College is to provide a learning community that educates students in the liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional fields, fostering commitment to a life informed by intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic values; to develop skills necessary for the pursuit of meaningful careers; and to inspire dedication to the ideal of service to their communities. Nazareth seeks students who want to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourages them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives.


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