The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas serves the students, staff, and faculty of the university as well as the surrounding communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The center has a collaborative relationship with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, with which it shares the common mission to foster understanding, cooperation, and friendship among people of diverse religious identities through academic study and civic engagement.

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The Jay Phillips Center hosted 12 journalists from the East-West Center's Senior Journalist Seminar on Sept. 15, 2017 for a panel of local leaders on the topic of "Instilling Faith and Interfaith Understanding." The 12 senior international journalists were from Australia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, and the United States.
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Join us for a fall open house at the Centers for Interreligious Understanding to celebrate and learn about the religions and cultures of South Asia.
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The Jay Phillips Center expresses condolences to the family and friends of Morton Bernard Phillips (1918-2017) who died peacefully in his sleep on August 22.  Mort Phillips was the son of Jay and Rose Phillips and the husband of Abigail Van Buren (“Dear Abby”). Everyone connected with the Jay Phillips Center is deeply grateful to all members of the Phillips family who have so generously supported the center, especially Jay and Rose, Eddie (son of Mort), and Dean (grandson of Mort). Click "READ MORE" below to read the obituary published in the Star Tribune.

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In July of this year, at the suggestion of Dr. John Merkle and upon the recommendation of UST president Dr. Julie Sullivan and Saint John's University(SJU) president Dr. Michael Hemesath, the Jay Phillips Center, which was a joint enterprise of UST and SJU through June of this year, was formally divided into two partner centers, one at each university. Dr. Merkle, who directed the center at both campuses for the past eight years, was appointed the director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John's University. Dr. Hans Gustafson, who served as the associate director of the center at both campuses for past  six years, was appointed the director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas. The two centers will maintain a strong collaborative relationship and share the common mission to foster understanding, cooperation, and friendship among people of diverse religious identities through academic study and civic engagement. 

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