This issue represents some of the rich scholarship and dialogue that were fostered at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Religions (AAR), in San Diego, California, in November 2014. The Academy includes groups including Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group and Comparative Theology, and papers and panels within these groups provide opportunities for learning, conversation, and collaboration for participants from around the world.
Part of the mission of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies is to amplify—as widely as possible—the work of scholars and participants in these fields. By including papers presented at the AAR, we make this work accessible to our readers around the world, in a free and online format, to include as many dialogue partners as possible—even those who could not gather in person in San Diego.
In addition, in our interViews section on the website, where we share examples of innovative practice and voices from the field, we are honored to share “Holi Toledo,” by Jeanine Diller and Ibtissam Gad, which captures and articulates how one campus community engages sustaining, fun, and inclusive inter-religious learning. Ahmed Albanai has provided images from the community’s event.
Finally, we close with an interview of dialogue pioneer Leonard Swidler, by Or Rose. In this conversation, Swidler reflects on his life and work, and offers reflections for current and emerging leaders in this field.