Reconciling the children of Abraham requires understanding, dialogue, and engagement. It means preparing the minds and hearts of the next generation to appreciate and respect diversity in religious beliefs. It means cultivating knowledge of the common heritage of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It means developing relationships with those who may not share our faith, but share our sense that faith matters. Finally, it means taking religion seriously, recognizing that religion has the potential to divide and unite, that religion can poison and leaven.
As a Christian university that takes faith seriously, Pepperdine is uniquely qualified to pursue religious reconciliation. As a university located in one of the most religiously diverse cities in the world, we are perfectly situated to pursue this path. As a university with global programs in five continents, we are deeply committed to pursue religious reconciliation where it is most needed.
The goal of the Glazer Institute is to do the hard work of religious reconciliation between the children of Abraham in the corners of the globe where it appears most unlikely, and in our own corner of the globe where it is already happening.
Ed Larson, Director