Series should appeal to "all people who have an interest in learning about the religious diversity of our metropolitan region and meeting Detroiters of different faiths”

May 21, 2007

DEARBORN / May 21, 2007---“Worldviews,” a week-long seminar based at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, should appeal “to all people who have an interest in learning about the religious diversity of our metropolitan region and meeting Detroiters of different faiths,” according to UM-Dearborn anthropology Prof. Claude Jacobs.

The program, now marking its sixth year, is scheduled this year for June 18-23.

“We began the seminar in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Episcopal Church Diocese of Michigan, Christ Episcopal Church Dearborn, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and UM-Dearborn joined together to acquaint people with the religious diversity of Metropolitan Detroit,” Jacobs said.

Since its founding, the course has attracted nearly 160 people from a wide variety of cultural, racial, ethic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Participants have included clergy, laity, community leaders, teachers, and seminary and university students.

“The hope was that the seminar would provide opportunities to build community through awareness and dialogue,” according to Jacobs, director of UM-Dearborn’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

Lectures and discussions at the UM-Dearborn campus and Christ Episcopal Church Dearborn are combined with visits to a variety of religious centers in the metropolitan area including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American and Sikh.

The series is facilitated by Lucinda Mosher, who holds a doctoral degree from the General Theological Seminary. Based in New York City, Mosher is a consultant and educator on interfaith relations, specializing in America's religious diversity and Christian-Muslim understanding. Mosher is the author of Faith in the Neighborhood, a series of books that explore what it means to live and worship among the many faiths unique to America's neighborhoods.

The cost of the seminar is $450, including transportation to all religious centers, most meals during the week, and a coursepack of readings. Scholarships are available. The seminar may be taken as a non-credit workshop, as a three-credit course for students enrolled at UM-Dearborn, or for continuing education units through the University of Michigan-Dearborn or the Association of Professional Chaplains.

For more information, contact Sharie Beard at 313-593-4925, or Prof. Jacobs at 313-583-6329.

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