Interfaith Learning through an Exploration of Life Cycle Rituals

Spring 2018
M 1:30-3:20pm
Area V
MDIV Requirements: 
Non-Christian Religion
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This is an exploration of interreligious learning through a focus on life-cycle rituals related to birth, coming-of-age, marriage, vocation, pilgrimage, and death. The primary focus will be on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, with attention also to Hinduism and African traditional religion. The focus on life cycle rituals is intended to, first, provide a window into the larger “houses” of the respective religions and, second, to prepare prospective clergy for liturgical mediatorship in pluralistic communities.

Background Expected: 


Course Requirements: 

Attendance, weekly readings of primary and secondary sources (50 pages or so weekly), two papers (10-12 double-spaced pages) involving scholarly research and personal reflection.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Grade based on quality of classroom engagement and written work.