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The Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is hosting the 2020 International eConference on Interreligious Dialogue, which will bring together religion scholars, specialists, and practitioners of different faith traditions (from all over the world) to discuss the various complexities, problems, and solutions resulting from interreligious dialogue. The purpose of this multidisciplinary virtual conference is to advance the scientific, philosophical, theological, historical, and social understanding of how different religious belief systems have in the past and can in the future cooperate with each other to build a better world.


This academic eConference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars, educators, and practitioners to present creative and experimental methods of believing and behaving in order to foster mutual empathy and understanding among the different faith traditions.

And because the conference is held online, scholars and students can attend from the comfort and safety of their own home at lower costs without having to worry about travel and lodging expenses.

DATES: December 4–6, 2020

Special COVID-19 Pricing:

Only $15 to attend the 3-day academic conference!

Register today to take advantage of this low price before it increases!

Only $10 for GCRR Academic Society Members

Keynote Speakers!

  • Dr. Christopher Buck

    • Author of Baha’i Faith: The Basics

    • ​The Bahá’í Faith “claims not to destroy or belittle previous Revelations, but to connect, unify, and fulfill them,” according to Shoghi Effendi (Bahá’í “Guardian,” 1921–1957). Seena Fazel proposed “three bridges that can link the Bahá’í community to other religions in dialogue”: “ethical,” “intellectual,” and “mystical-spiritual.” The Universal House of Justice (elected international Bahá’í council) addressed its public “Letter to the World’s Religious Leaders” (April 2002) to promote consensus “that God is one and that … religion is likewise one.” Shoghi Effendi’s declaration that the Bahá’í Faith “proclaims all established religions to be divine in origin, identical in their aims, complementary in their functions, continuous in their purpose, indispensable in their value to mankind” potentially can promote ideal interfaith relations through reciprocal recognition and respect.

  • Dr. Brandon Grafius

    • Brandon R. Grafius is associate professor of biblical studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit. He has been on the faculty for over ten years, five of which he was the director of the Urban Ministry Diploma Program. Dr. Grafius’s book, Reading the Bible with Horror, was published in 2019 by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic. It has been nominated for the 2021 Grawemeyer Prize in Religion. His keynote speech will address the problematics of teaching biblical studies in the context of an interfaith world where the exclusivistic claims assumed by many students can be a serious barrier to the kind of transformative ministry that our current times demand. Based on his many years of experience in the classroom, he will offer hermeneutical models for approaching the biblical text (as well as the sacred texts of other traditions), and present them within the framework of pedagogical practices that help students move beyond narrow understandings of religion.

  • Dr. Brenton Cross

    • Many contemporary churches are progressively pursuing a flawed, politicized theological agenda, however Brenton has advanced a non-traditional but biblical hermeneutical strategy for interpreting the biblical text, which refuses to engage in the contemporary populist church leadership practices. As a young adult in Kingston, Jamaica, Brenton served as a community director of Youth for Christ. He has served in several pastoral leadership roles in the United States and has worked on staff at some of the fastest growing mega-churches in the United States. Brenton twice graduated summa cum laude from Criswell College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies followed by a master’s degree in Ministry. Brenton is also a published poet and translator. He earned his doctorate in humanities from The University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches humanities, philosophy, and ethics at Midland College.

  • Prof. Zev Garber

    • Prof. Garber is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College and has served as Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the University of California at Riverside and as President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH). Currently he is Editor of Iggeret (newsletter of NAPH), Founding Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Shoah series (UPA), Emeritus Editor of Shofar; Founding Editor of Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies, and Editorial Advisor to Western States Jewish History. Also, he was the Visiting Rosenthal Professor at Case Western Reserve University (Spring, 2005). Author of many academic articles and hundreds of reviews, his book publications include Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism (1986), Methodology in the Academic Teaching of the Holocaust (1988), Teaching Hebrew Language and Literature at the College Level (1991), Shoah: the Paradigmatic Genocide (1994), Perspectives on Zionism (1994), What Kind of God? Essays in Honor of Richard L. Rubenstein (1995; consultant editor), Peace, In Deed: Essays in Honor of Harry James Cargas (1998), Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies (2000), Post-Shoah Dialogues: Rethinking Our Texts Together (with Steven Jacobs, Henry Knight, and James Moore, ed., 2004), Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts (with Bruce Zuckerman, 2004), Shoah and Israeli Writing ( 2005), Mel Gibson’s Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and Its Implications (2006), The Impact of the Shoah in America and in Jewish American Life, Casden Annual, vol.6, USC ( 2008),  Jesus in the Context of Judaism: Quest, Con-Quest, or Conquest? (2010), The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation (2011), Teaching the Historical Jesus: Issues and Exegesis (Routledge Press, 2015), HaMaskil b’`et Hazoth:Sefer HaYovel l-Moshe Pelli (Hakibbutz Hammeuchad, 2017; co-editor with Lev Hakak and Shmuel Katz), and Judaism and Jesus (with Ken Hanson, 2020). Finally, Maven in Blue Jeans: A Festschrift in Honor of Zev Garber was published by Purdue University Press in 2009.

Call for Presenters!

Religious specialists and philosophers, as well as researchers, professors, graduate students, and other scholars are encouraged to submit abstract proposals (200-500 words) to present at this year’s international academic conference on interreligious dialogue. All research presentations will then be published in an upcoming supplemental issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM). Presenters can also feature and promote their own publications during the conference for free!

Abstract Proposal Deadline: September 15th, 2020

Presentation Guidelines

Presentations can take any number of forms, including hosting a discussion panel, interviewing a specialist, presenting a research paper, teaching a classroom lesson, or leading a workshop. Presenters can even video record their presentation outside of the event, rather than host a live session, and then have GCRR show that video recording to conference attendees.

Regardless of the format, we ask that presenters adhere to the following stipulations:

  • Time length for lectures, paper presentations, and classroom lessons:

    • between 20-45 minutes

  • Time length for discussion panels, interviews, and workshops:

    • between 20-90 minutes

  • ​All presentations (except for pre-recorded presentations) will require at least a 30-minute Q&A session at the end for attendees to engage the presenter.

  • Presenters must be members of the GCRR Academic Society

Presentation Capabilities


Cost of Attendance

The following are the only costs associated with attending the conference:

  • To attend the 3-day international academic conference:

    • $15.00 USD​ Ticket Registration

  • To present at the conference:

    • Membership Plan in the GCRR Academic Society

    • Be sure to use your GCRR Academic Society Coupon Code

    • $10.00 USD Ticket Registration