Los Angeles is at once the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, and the most religiously diverse city in the world. It has the second largest Jewish population in America (after New York City), and one of the largest Muslim populations. As one of the oldest, Catholic institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University maintains an institutional commitment to interfaith dialogue, especially between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
The LMU Interfaith Forum is a public, interfaith forum conducted in both English and Spanish, and held during the academic year in three major metropolitan regions: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Las Vegas. At each presentation, a panel of representatives of the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities speak about their own tradition’s relationship to God, as well as the challenges and opportunities interfaith encounters present those working in pastoral ministry throughout the Southland, and the greater southwest United States. These presentations are followed by a public Q&A and discussion.
The forum is free and open to the university community and general public. Students enrolled in the Center for Religion and Spirituality's pastoral ministry certificate programs are required to attend.
- 2022-2023: Mysticism and Spirituality|Misticismo y espiritualidad
- 2021-2022: Home Rituals and Customs | Rituales y costumbres del hogar
- 2020-2021: Faith After 2020 | La fe después de 2020
- 2020*: Religious Responses to COVID-19 | Respuestas interreligiosas a COVID-19
- 2019-2020: Reconciliation and Forgiveness | La Reconciliación y el Perdón
- 2018-2019: Caring for the Stranger | Defender al forastero
- 2017-2018: In the Divine Image: Our Relationship to God and to Each Other | A imagen y semejanza de Dios: Nuestra relación con Dios y los unos con los otros