United States

Location of Activities

North America
Founder and Director, Dialogue Institute

Co-Founder/Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Professor of Catholic Thought & Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University

Leonard is a Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in the Religion Department of Temple University, where he has taught since 1966. At Temple, and as a visiting professor at universities around the world – including Graz, Austria; Tübingen, Germany; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur – he has mentored a generation of U.S. and international scholars in the work of interreligious dialogue. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of Tübingen and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin; he also holds honorary doctorates from St. Norbert’s College and LaSalle University. Leonard has published/edited more than 200 articles and 75 books, including:   Jewish‑Christian‑Muslim Dialogue (1978); Religious Liberty and Human Rights (1986); After the Absolute: The Dialogical Future of Religious Reflection (1990); A Bridge to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1990); Muslims in Dialogue: The Evolution of a Dialogue over a Generation (1992); Jesus Was a Feminist (2007).

Main Publications: 

1.) Swidler, Leonard J. Religious liberty and human rights in nations and in religions. Philadelphia: Ecumenical Press, 1986.

2.) Swidler, Leonard J. Toward a universal theology of religion. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1987.

3.) Swidler, Leonard J. Death or dialogue?: from the age of monologue to the age of dialogue. London: SCM Press, 1990.

4.) Swidler, Leonard J. Bursting the bonds?: a Jewish-Christian dialogue on Jesus and Paul. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1990.

5.) Swidler, Leonard J. Scripture and ecumenism: Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1965.

6.) Swidler, Leonard J., Khalid Duran, and Reuven Firestone. Trialogue: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in dialogue. New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2007.

7.) Swidler, Leonard J., and Paul Mojzes. The study of religion in an age of global dialogue. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.

8.) Swidler, Leonard J., and Lester Dean. Breaking down the wall between Americans and East Germans-- Jews and Christians through dialogue. Lanham: University Press of America, 1987.

Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialogueFreedom of Religion or Belief
Forms of Actions: 
Capacity Building and EmpowermentEducational ProgrammesInformation Distribution