Embracing World Religions
Honoring Many Paths to Truth and Love
Instructor Dr. FranCione, Ph.D
Tuesdays, beginning January 15, 2019
This adventure, spanning centuries and continents, invites participants to explore beliefs and religious practices that have inspired and enriched the lives of our international human family. During these ten, three hour sessions, participants hear and discuss religious myths and 5 key religious questions on the beliefs and world view practices of a buffet of paths to expand consciousness and earthly freedoms. Students will taste the richness of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism as well as the unique inclusion of the robust flavors of African and Black Religions. Students visit and report on one Bay Area religious center. All along the journey, each participant identifies how various beliefs and paths inspire and deepen his or her own spiritual practices for transformation, freedom, love and justice.
In our 21st Century most faiths are practiced in every nation and community throughout the world. Former or current members of any religion may be present in each student’s spiritual community. This course is designed so students are guided to co-create a community of unity and a world working for all. During our journey, students honor their own past religious backgrounds, open to respect and accommodate the religions and practices of others, and present final projects illuminating ways to embrace being in spiritual communities that are inclusive, loving and just—where unity does not demand uniformity nor conformity, the melting pot becomes a rich and nurturing tossed salad and there is love.
Facilitator: Dr. FranCione, Ph.D
When: 10 weeks, January 15th – March 19th, 2019
Time: Tuesday evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Early-bird discount ($50.00) ends for the World Religions class at midnight on January 14, 2019
Required Textbooks: Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
The World’s Religions by Huston Smith
Black Religion and Black Radicalism 3rd Edition by Gayraud S. Wilmore
Optional Texts: Religious Oppression by Adam Etal
Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd Edition, Chapter 4