UPIC elevates the role that faith-affirming individuals can play in building constructive, peaceful relations between the United States and Pakistan by fostering interpersonal connections, breaking harmful stereotypes, and implementing sustainable and empowering programs in both countries.
The School of Diplomacy is pleased to welcome the U.S.-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium to Seton Hall University. Learn more about this exciting announcement by reading an interview with Rev. Robert Chase, Chair of the UPIC Executive Committee here >>read more
UPIC's seventh trip to Pakistan in April 2017, brought together 30 delegates from 12 countries. It was an opportunity to reflect on what UPIC has achieved since 2011. Having stressed interpersonal connections as a tool for creating a bridge between seemingly divided...read more
I arrived a bit late for the first presentation. There was no seat available, but as soon as I entered a traditional looking Muslim man got up and offered me his seat. I was bit embarrassed both at being late and at having been offered a seat by someone who clearly arrived on time. Yet welcomed so graciously, I sat down.read more
I took a deep breath, dialed the number, and pressed call… “Hi Mom, are you sitting down? I think I’m going to Pakistan.”read more
By Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of CLUE-California (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates for workers and immigrant rights, quality education, and health care. While...read more
By the numbers, female leaders who could participate in the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium, which seeks to build relationships and destroy stereotypes between leaders of religious and faith communities, might prove hard to find. Female political leadership is...read more
Meet Our Team
Rev. Robert Chase
Fellow at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Rev. Chase leads the U.S.-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) program.
Rev. Dr. Brian Keenan Muzás
Director of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies at Seton Hall University
Rev. Dr. Muzás has been part of UPIC since its inception.
US and Pakistani voices reflect on past UPIC experiences and their impact on future interfaith efforts
Engaging “The Other”
Rabbi Reuven Firestone discusses the Talmud with a Muslim scholar in Pakistan
“I’m here in Pakistan to help us break down stereotypes and build understanding and come up with an action plan to create mutual trust and build peace between our people.”Dr. Sarah Sayed