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Interfaith Learning through an Exploration of Life Cycle Rituals
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.
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.
Grade based on quality of classroom engagement and written work.