In the Path of Abraham: An Interfaith March has been postponed to March 6, 2016.

Please click here for an announcement from the President of the Institute.

“Worthless is the religious devotion that

causes people to be crushed against their will.”

— St Crispina, African Christian martyr,

beheaded Dec. 5, 304 CE.

The Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice was founded to promote religious tolerance, coexistence, and interfaith dialogue. By promoting interfaith dialogue and universal respect for different faiths, we seek to minimize the conflicts that are shaped by religion and that employ religion as their excuse. We seek to disarm the religious intolerance that is often the cause and underlying root of oppression and warfare.

Through a variety of innovative methods, we seek to educate and excite the general public about the diversity of religious beliefs found worldwide. The goal of our educational efforts is to combat religious oppression, intolerance and violence by highlighting the commonalities shared by all peoples as a stepping stone to the peacemaking process. By tackling religious intolerance as the root problem of many of our modern difficulties, we will be better able to handle them.

We seek to have far reaching and long lasting effects in helping the world to mature to a more peaceable, tolerant and just place.

Founded in 2011, the Institute is a non-profit organization, incorporated in California under state and federal non-profit laws.  We are fully tax exempt, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and under section 23701d of the California tax code (for more information see Contribute to our work).

Mission Statement

To promote religious tolerance, interfaith dialogue, and education about religions of the world as a pathway to world peace.

Statement of Beliefs

We have no standard set of beliefs required of our supporters. However, all of us, by volitionally electing to participate in this initiative, tacitly subscribe to a common set of fundamental assumptions, such as the fact that all people have an equal right to liberty, justice and peace; and that religious tolerance is crucial to the establishment of peace and justice.

We uphold each person’s right to choose their religious beliefs, and affirm that no one has the right to force religious, spiritual or philosophical beliefs upon any other person, either by physical force, or by any other means, such as social, economic, psychological, or political coercion. The right to free expression of worship, or the lack thereof, is an individual right, so long as such free expression does not hinder the mutual freedom of others.

Learn more

  • Our Objectives and rationale lays out why we were formed and what we aim to do.
  • Our History gives the background to the initiative and how it came to fruition.
  • Board of Directors provides information on the backgrounds of the Institute’s strategic and policy decision makers.
  • The profiles of our Staff members show the expertise that has been marshaled to execute the decisions of the Board.
  • Partnerships provides a succinct formulation of the Institute’s approach to on the ground networking.

“In the Path of the Prophet Abraham”

October 8th, 2015|Comments Off on “In the Path of the Prophet Abraham”

The event has been postponed. Please see below for the announcement from the President of the Institute.

Dear Friends:

The event, “In the Path of the Prophet Abraham”, has generated an overwhelming amount of interest and support—more […]

Panel Discussion: “Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God?”

November 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Panel Discussion: “Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God?”

We’d like to invite everyone to attend a continuation/reprise of our last panel event held in May. The current one will be hosted by Temple Akiba in Culver City on Friday, November 22nd, in conjunction […]

News Flash: Dr. Greenberg quoted in Chicago Sun-Times article

December 31st, 2012|Comments Off on News Flash: Dr. Greenberg quoted in Chicago Sun-Times article

Dr. Greenberg was quoted by Chicago Sun-Times journalist Matt Present in his regular column. Dr. Greenberg weighed in on the issue of overt displays of religiosity in the workplace and in public, when it is […]

IRTPJ presents: An Evening of International Music and Dance

April 14th, 2012|Comments Off on IRTPJ presents: An Evening of International Music and Dance

Come join us for the first of many cultural music and dance festivals to promote interfaith and cultural dialogue.  Event takes place in St. Robert’s Auditorium.

Please enter campus at Loyola Blvd (off Manchester) or LMU […]