The Kripke Center supports projects in research, education, and service, as determined by its faculty.
Kripke Interfaith Project
The Kripke Interfaith Project is dedicated to improving the understanding between and among faith communities. The project is dedicated to both research and service. The project is overseen by a project coordinator and a community advisory committee consisting of members of the Creighton community and the Omaha Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities.
The research component of the project is dedicated to funding serious research in the various faith traditions through research grants, symposia, and seminars, and the results of the research will be communicated through lectures, fora, and publications.
The service component of the Kripke Interfaith Project will include work outside the university, to encompass the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Native American, and other faith communities in the greater Omaha area. The project will work with local faith communities to foster dialogue and understanding, by sponsoring round-table discussion groups, reading groups, and community events such as popular talks, plays, and social mixers. The events and activities of the project will be guided by a community advisory committee.
Kripke Symposia in Religion & Society
The Center periodically sponsors academic symposia on topics at the intersection of religion and society. These symposia serve to facilitate dialogue and scholarship within the Creighton and larger academic community. The work of the symposia is usually published in the supplement series of the Journal of Religion & Society. Previous symposia include:
Religion and the Family: Historical, Social, and Theological Perspectives (2002)
Exploring Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ (2004)
Religion and “Terrorism” in Context (2005)
Religion and the Environment (2007)
Faithful Citizenship: Principles and Strategies to Serve the Common Good (2008)
Women, Gender, and Religion (2008)
Religion, Health, and Healing (2010)
Religion and the Visual (2011)
Greening of the Papacy (2012)
The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor (2013)
Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges (2014)
Religion and Identity (2015)
Religion and Politics (2016)
Augustine in Christian Thought, Life and Practice (2016)
The Kripke Seminars support the discovery and integration of knowledge in selected areas of religion and society through collaborative research and the communication of such knowledge through publications and public presentations. Seminars include:
Religion and U.S. Empire (2013–2015)
The Center is a co-sponsor of the annual Klutznick–Harris Symposium (along with the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University and the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Each year the Symposium brings together a diverse group of scholars to address a selected topic of Jewish civilization.
Lectures and Fora
The Kripke Center supports ongoing lecture series and fora to stimulate faculty and educate students and members of the Omaha community. Current lecture series and fora include:
Religion and the Environment Lecture Series
Holocaust Studies Lectures
Women in Religion Lecture Series
Science and Religion Lectures
Critical Issues Fora
The Kripke Center, in association with the Journal of Religion & Society, is in partnership with Then and Now, a blog published by The Christian Century. The faculty of the center contribute essays periodically on contemporary issues in religion and society.