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the premiere academic publication
for interreligious scholarship
since 1964

The Journal of Ecumenical Studies (JES) was founded by Arlene and Leonard Swidler in 1964 as the first peer-reviewed journal in the field of interreligious dialogue. Born out of the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II, JES began with an emphasis on dialogue among diverse Christian traditions. Its focus quickly broadened to Christian-Jewish dialogue and soon thereafter to interchange among a wide array of religious traditions. After 45 years, JES continues as the premier publisher of scholarly articles in the field of dialogue across lines of religious difference.

From the 1960's until today, JES has helped to create and build an international forum for interreligious scholarship. Together with the outreach work of the Dialogue Institute, it continues to support, stimulate, and broaden the community of scholars and activists engaged in interreligious work throughout the world.

"This is a journal with a vision.  It is a vision of the dialogue of religious people around the world seeking to promote human flourishing.... I know of no other publication in English that does more for the promotion of interreligious affairs and concerns than the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and it has done so now for four decades."
John Berthrong
Institute for Dialogue among Religious Traditions
at Boston University

JES is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an active Annual Giving Program; all donations are fully tax deductible.

Affiliated with the North American Academy of Ecumenists (N.A.A.E.)


The Journal of Ecumenical Studies and its related Dialogue Institute comprise an independent 501(c)(3) (NGO) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.