Religious Scholars Rachel Mikva, Brad Braxton to Explore Interfaith on Nov. 3

October 20, 2022 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications
Rachel Mikva

Rachel S. Mikva

Brad Braxton

In a discussion about meeting each other across religious differences—in the public square, in the media, in the workplace and on campus—religious scholars Rachel S. Mikva and Brad Braxton will explore the idea that interfaith is everywhere, and what it means at Elmhurst University and beyond.

Mikva and Braxton will present “Everything is Interfaith Now, Even at Elmhurst” on Nov. 3, as this year’s Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture.

Mikva is the Herman E. Schaalman Professor in Jewish Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), and the author of Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

A religious studies scholar and public theologian, Braxton is the 14th president of Chicago Theological Seminary and former director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Named for prominent Jewish philosopher and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel, this annual lecture focuses on the Jewish faith. A colleague of theologian and Elmhurst alumnus Reinhold Niebuhr in New York, Heschel played a significant role in both the civil rights movement and in Christian-Jewish dialogue.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. Admission is free and all are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged, at This lecture is part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University.

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