EarthDiverse: ‘Discovering Religious Diversity’ series:
Learn about the history, development and contemporary practice of the world’s major religions. Each Term has a different focus and covers different material. The first two Terms of the year focus on the history and development of each of the world’s main faith and belief traditions, while the second two Terms focus on Selected Topics in the Contemporary Practice of each of the major world religions.
In the first half of this four-Term series, we explore both Western and Eastern Traditions. In the second half, we look at selected topics in the contemporary practice of religion, focusing on a different topic during each class, and viewing how each religion approaches that particular topic. Structuring discussions in this way allows us to focus on the similarities between the major world religions rather than on any perceived differences.
The second half of this series focuses on a comparative examination of the contemporary values and practices of the major world religions, and involves a critical exploration of lifecycle rituals and beliefs, from birth to death, food and clothing preferences, festivals and other activities associated with what religions do.
Each Term class may be taken independently of the others and there are no prerequisites. Classes may be joined at any time throughout the year.
Term 4: “Contemporary Practice: Selected Topics 2”
The second half of the Discovering Religious Diversity series (usually offered during Terms 3 and 4 in any given year) focuses on a comparative examination of the contemporary values and practices of the major world religions, and involves a critical exploration of lifecycle rituals and beliefs, from birth to death, food and clothing preferences, festivals and other activities associated with what religions do. During this Term the following topics will be covered:
Week 1: Rites of Passage: Birth and Coming of Age Ceremonies; Week 2: Rites of Passage: Marriage; Week 3: Asceticism, Monasticism and Renunciation; Week 4: Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimage; Week 5: Going Beyond: Esoteric Traditions & Mystical Experiences; Week 6: Ethical Ideologies; Week 7: Rites of Passage: Death and Bereavement; Week 8: Interfaith Perspectives on the Golden Rule.
When: Hamilton classes in this series currently meet weekly during Term on Thursday mornings from 10:00am-12:30pm. Term 4 classes in Hamilton begin on Thursday 17 October 2019, meet weekly for eight sessions, ending on Thursday 5 December.
Where: Hamilton classes are held at Artmakers, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton. The carpark entrance is off Seddon Road at the back of Norris Ward Park. The classroom is immediately to the left of the Waikato Society of Potters studio. There is plenty of free parking available in the carpark just outside the classroom. Bikes are also welcomed!
- Waged: $104 per person per term (includes $4 online registration fee)
- Unwaged/Student/Senior: $84/person (includes $4 online registration fee)
More info: For more information, please see: <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/>.
Registration: To register, please visit: <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/registration/>.