Course Offerings - Interfaith Leadership

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This course examines the relationship between ethnicity, gender, and religion as categories through which humans make meaning. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we explore the subject through primary texts, theoretical analyses, and historical studies. Our goal is to gain a deeper...

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This survey course introduces the beliefs, values, practices, and historical origins of many of the world's religions as well as non-religious worldviews, and also grants significant attention to the contemporary environment of religion, including secularization, the relationship between...

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Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share common human lifecycle events, and these are commemorated in rituals for birth, entering adulthood, marriage, and death. In addition, the three Abrahamic faiths observe holy days, celebrations, and fast days and follow religious observances specified in...

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The three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share a common belief in the sanctity and meaning of prayer, whether we pray in Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, or English. This course will focus on the structure and meaning of the Sabbath liturgy in Judaism, the Roman Catholic Mass in...

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Semester: Online Fall 2019 B –October 23 – December 17

The three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have strong messages on social justice and the need for social action to alleviate human suffering.

This course focuses on some of the major theological beliefs in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will be based primarily on comparing the 13 Principles of Faith of Maimonides, the Nicene Creed, and the Five Pillars of Islam, with a variety of later Jewish, Christian, and Islamic...

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This course examines the history of nonviolent thought and action in the United States, beginning with the Anabaptists and Quakers and ending with the War on Terror and the Occupy Movement. Special emphasis will be given to expressions of nonviolence in religious traditions.

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The Holocaust raised profound challenges to conventional religious views of reality and the belief that God intervenes in human history. By surveying prominent Jewish and Christian theologians from 1966 to 2006, this course will focus on two major theological questions: (1) Why does God allow...

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Semester: Online Fall 2019 A- August 21 – October 15

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Successful interfaith dialogue does not happen automatically, nor does it happen overnight. This course will explore the best practices for successful interfaith dialogue and what common pitfalls to avoid in leading an interfaith dialogue. Students will be provided with many useful and practical...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester A- January 8 to March 3, 2020

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This course will first briefly examine the roots of anti-Jewish teachings in Christianity and then will focus on the Roman Catholic Church and the role of Pope Pius XII in the Holocaust. We will then examine the anti-Jewish teachings of Martin Luther and their influence on the German Protestant...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester B- March 11 to May 5, 2020

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