In our Baptismal covenant we are asked to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” We are also called to “respect the dignity of every human being.” In a world that is ever more diverse our neighbor could be someone of a different faith. How then do we faithfully live into our covenant to seek and serve Christ in a person that is not a Christian?
This fall we will be exploring the similarities and differences of various world religions and discover commonalities that many faith traditions share. Our religious and sacred understandings are shaped and formed through the lens of our culture, the world we live in, and our lived experiences. This class will provide us with the opportunity to begin to understand different philosophical and spiritual approaches to our common human experience of the sacred. We will briefly explore traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, and Sikhism.