World Religions series

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WORLD RELIGIONS series

This series provides an in-depth look at the world’s main religious traditions, and goes into greater detail than the information provided in the introductory Discovering Religious Diversity series. Over an entire Term of eight sessions focused on a single belief tradition, we’ll examine the history and development of each tradition, at key figures associated with its founding or development, its sacred texts, contemporary beliefs and practices, and the major festivals and commemorations associated with each. During the final session of each Term, we’ll view a representative film for each tradition that accentuates and highlights the main points discussed during the Term.

All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about religion and religious behavior, taught from an anthropological point of view, and are designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the diversity that exists within the world’s various faith and belief traditions.

The following classes are offered in 2020:

RD301: “Judaism”

Offered: 2020 Term 1 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to the Jewish religion. Individual classes will focus on:

  • Early Biblical History: Genesis
  • Early Biblical History: Exodus through Second Temple Period
  • Diaspora, Development and the Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism
  • Sacred Texts: Torah & Talmud
  • Contemporary Beliefs and Practices
  • Jewish Festivals and Commemorations
  • Jewish Ethics & the concept of Tikkun Olam
  • Movie night

During Term 1 2020 this class will meet in Hamilton on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm. Class is held at Artmakers, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

RD302: “Islam”

Offered: 2020 Term 2 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to the Islamic faith. Details coming soon.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

RD303: “Hinduism”

Offered: 2020 Term 3 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to Hinduism. Details coming soon.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

RD304: “Buddhism”

Offered: 2020 Term 4 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to Buddhism. Details coming soon.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

2020 Term 1 Registration can be completed on our Registration page.

page last updated on 18 January 2020