ICC and MCDC
The Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas is the home of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship as well as the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center. Both the ICC and the MCDC demonstrate the Department's commitment to interreligious dialogue and engagement with the world.
Housed in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas, the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship (ICC) engages the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly Catholic social thought, to offer a locus for deepening the dialogue between the Church and the world. We work within a democratic ethos in order to encourage robust civil discourse, faithful citizenship, and the common good. The ICC fosters theological insight and interdisciplinary inquiry in a manner that takes up the invitation from Vatican II.
The Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center (MCDC) at the University of St. Thomas fosters mutual understanding and cooperation among Muslims and Christians through academic and community dialogue grounded in the Qur’anic and Christian traditions. The dialogue flows from the belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God (cf. Nostra Aetate, The Qur’an, 29:46; 42:15), who is at work in both faiths. The Center's focus is primarily theological, rather than political, because the two faiths have so much in common theologically.