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DATE: June 11, 2003

Campus seminar on religious diversity

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host "Worldviews: A Seminar on American Religious Diversity" Monday, June 23 through Saturday, June 28.

The six-day seminar will acquaint people with the changing religious landscape of metropolitan Detroit. It will explore the perspectives and cultural identities of many world religions, including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and First Peoples and Native traditions.

"This seminar places an emphasis on what people believe and do, and how that informs the meaning they make of the world," according to Claude Jacobs, associate professor of anthropology, and director of the Pluralism Project at UM-Dearborn. "In addition, it will offer different models of dialogue to increase our understanding of one another and to build a stronger sense of community."

The seminar will include classroom lectures and discussions, films, music and trips to religious centers for conversations with leaders and members at the centers.

The seminar is sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Episcopal Church, and UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, the Office of the Provost and the Pluralism Project.

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