Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (formerly known as the Institute of Interfaith Dialog) grew out of the need to address the question, "How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?" The Institute was established in 2002 as a 501-c-3 non-profit educational organization by Turkish-Americans and their friends.
Many participants of the Institute's activities are inspired by the discourse and pioneering dialogue initiatives of the Turkish Muslim scholar, writer and educator Fethullah Gulen. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Institute has branch offices in five states and representatives throughout the South-Central United States.
To promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.
Dialogue Institute envisions a society where every person views and treats each other with dignity, people come around shared values to promote the common good of their communities as well as the world as a whole.
The Institute organizes academic and grass roots programs including the following ones:
$1· Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinners
$1· International Trips
$1· Dinners of Abrahamic Traditions
$1· Peace & Dialogue Awards
$1· Social Responsibility Projects
$1· Art Contests
$1· Conferences & Panels
$1· Academic Research
$1· Luncheon Forums
$1· Friday nights & Reading Clubs
Education and Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
An intrinsic aspect of the Institute is to promote the study of world religions and spiritual faiths in order to gain wisdom and knowledge so that people will have a renewed sense of gratitude, and respect for the spiritual beliefs they hold closest to their hearts. By being in constant communication with other people who have different traditions from their own, we each have the opportunity to refine and appreciate our own beliefs and traditions.
Board of Directors
Dr. Guner Arslan
Dr. Alp Aslandogan
Dr. Maria Curtis
Dr. Can Dogan
Dr. Lynn Mitchell
Dr. Osman Nal
Dr. Donald Nesti
Dr. Yetkin Yildirim