World Religions: Origins and Openings

What is the Source of it all? How do we find the best possible Guidance for our lives? What is the Meaning of this existence?

The attraction to such ultimate concerns can be described as religious consciousness. The religions of the world can be observed as vehicles of religious imagination, culture, and transcendence. In this intensive course, we will examine the origins and search for new understandings of Indigenous Religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These understandings will include the contexts of postmodern philosophy, psychology, science, and technology.

Sessions will consist of lectures, group discussions, videos, and diverse activities. The basic text will be The World's Religions by Huston Smith, with special handouts.

Participants may be those holding clear bonds of faith, those assessing their personal beliefs, and those who want to comprehend better the values of others and the nature of religious experience in world life.