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Upcoming Events for The Center for Religious Understanding

Please join us for the first two lectures in the Center’s series:

Monday, October 15, 7 pm, Student Union Room 3018. “What You Need to Know about the Sikh Religion.” The Lecture on East Asian Thought by Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2012 Sikh Convention, Founding Chair of the World Sikh Council, American Region and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Thursday, October 25, 7 – 8:30 pm, Law School Auditorium, University of Toledo Main Campus. The Annual Philip Markowicz Lecture on Judaism & Jewish Biblical Studies: “Mockery and Sarcasm: Biblical Satire in Its Social and Political Contexts.” Dr. James Waddell, Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies at the University of Toledo. Free and open to the public. Visitors parking in the Law School lot will not be ticketed.

For information on campus buildings and parking locations, visit For additional information, contact Dr. Jeanine Diller at


 Interfaith Community Service Project

Join us to create a weekly after-school program for kids in grades K-8 at Chase Academy, a Toledo Public School at 600 Bassett St. in the Old North End. Work side by side with students from other religious perspectives to give the children a snack, play games with them, plant a garden, and help them become aware of college as a path out of poverty. You can volunteer just once or each week or something in between.

  • Planning session on Thurs., 10/17 at 2:30 pm in Scott Hall 1004.
  • Kick-off session at Chase Academy on Thurs., 10/25.  Meet at 2:30 pm at Lot 13 near the Interfaith Center to get a ride or convoy to Chase, or just meet us there at 3.
  • Other sessions this fall are on Thursdays 11/1 and 11/8.  Meet at 2:30 pm at Lot 13.
  • Next term:  weekly from mid-January through mid-April; which days TBA.

Contact Abby for more details at Sponsored by UT’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work and the Center for Religious Understanding.


Interfaith Forums

Interfaith Forums are small groups of UT students with different perspectives about religion getting together to talk about their views and lives firsthand.   Forums are led by a student intern and community leader, and usually meet about once per month for an hour or two, but timing is up to the groups themselves.  Real relationships create real understanding — often in a deeper way than you can get from a book or a lecture. As one of our past participants said, “I used to see them as those Jews, but now it’s Marina and Kirk and Wendy.”

To guarantee a spot, interested students should write by October 26 with ALL of the “first forum” times below that work for you (to give us maximum flexibility in forming forums).  This is optional, but if you are comfortable, also please identify your religious or non-religious perspective to enable us to make the forums diverse.  Zachary will reply to confirm your time.

  • Fri., 11/2, from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Interfaith Chapel, 2086 Brookdale (right next to Lot 13).
  • Wed., 11/7, from 5 to 6:30 pm, at the Interfaith Chapel, 2086 Brookdale (right next to Lot 13).

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About Yasmine Ayoub

Yasmine Ayoub is a P2 student at University of Toledo's College of Pharmacy. She is a Sylvania Southview 2011 alumn. Yasmine spent the summer of 2014 continuing on her research about cancer cells and its correlation with green tea, attending a SNPhA convention in Alrington, VA, and working as a receptionist at Great Clips. She loves to run the trails at the park, watch re-runs of LOST, and go out for some Mr. Freeze ice cream with friends whenever she can. ​




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