PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: May 21, 2004
'Worldviews' conference to study religious diversity
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host the third annual
A Seminar on American Religious Diversity" Monday, June 21 through
Saturday, June 26.
The six-day seminar will acquaint people with the changing religious
landscape of metropolitan Detroit and explore the perspectives and cultural
identities of various religions including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity,
Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and First
Peoples and Native traditions.
"The participants are becoming increasingly diverse, in terms of
ethnicity, education, and their own religious backgrounds," according
to Claude Jacobs, associate professor of anthropology and director of
the Pluralism Project.
"What we have is diversity studying diversity."
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.