and faculty in a collegial setting will explore
in depth the principles and the practice of dialogue in a
pluralist world through dialogical listening and cross-cultural
conversations in a context of diversity.
UNDERLYING COURSE ASSUMPTION
is more than a course about dialogue. It is an invitation to
engage in the practice of dialogue in a structured setting.
Course outcomes focus on what is learned in the process.
OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENTS, AND EXPECTATION
goals of this course are:
an understanding of one another within the class through
information sharing and community building action
opportunities for developing listening and communication
skills in multi-cultural contexts
a context for wrestling with the challenging questions and
issues of our times and for discussing potentially divisive
issues constructively and without animosity
outcomes of this course are:
sense of collegiality and community across religious,
cultural, gender lines
rudimentary understanding of cross-cultural and interfaith
dialogue and the ability to participate meaningfully in
ability to integrate and apply one’s learnings to the task
methods of assessment and general expectations of this course are:
of Assessment: Assignments
a reflective paper having experienced a worship service at a
faith community other than your own
a reflective paper about what you have learned about dialogue
in this course
a review of one of the books on the review reading list
NOTE. The length of
the reflection papers (2-4 pages each); the length of the book
review (3-5 pages).
Grade for this course will be pass or fail.
final deadline for all assignments is: January 7, 2005.
Please send all papers to the Dean’s Office.
Markham (ed.) A World Religions Reader (2nd
Reading List (Pick one book from the list below for review)
S. Wesley. The
Bible and People of Other Faiths. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1985
Dialogue. A Short
with an Introduction by John Dear.
Maryknoll: Orbis books 2002
Tarek (ed.) Religion, Law and Society:
A Christian-Muslim Discussion.
Byron and Kasimow, Harold, John Paul II and Interreligious
Margaret J. Turning to One Another. Simple Conversations to
Restore Hope to the Future. San Francisco: Berrett-Loehler
Universal Paradigm – personal, communial, cross-cultural.
one. September 20
Let me tell you who I am
A world religions reader, pp.46-54, 153-155, 294-296, 325-328,
two. September 27 Let me tell you about my religion/faith
Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce (eds.) A Field Guide to US
Congregations (WJK 2002)
Faculty: Cynthia Woolever
three. October 4 Let
me tell you about my culture, my country
(On Reserve in the Library – please photocopy the
section). Justo L. Gonzalez, Manana: Christian Theology from a
Hispanic Perspective, chapters 1 & 2
Faculty: Efrain Agosto
Principles and Praxis
four. October 11 Principles
A world religions reader.
Chapter 1. Purpose
five. October 18 Sharing
our Sacred Scriptures
A world religions reader, pp.70-95, p, 274, p310-314, p334-353
six. October 25 Appreciating
A world religions reader, chapter 9.
seven. November 1 Appreciating
A world religions reader, chapter 7
Faculty: Yehezkel Landau
eight. November 8 Appreciating
A world religions reader, chapter 8
15. Eid al Fidr
22. Reading week
nine. November 29. Faith and our Families
Don Browning, ‘World Family Trends’, in Robin Gill (ed.) The
Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (Cambridge: 2001)
ten. December 6.
A Continuing Journey
Faculty: Jane Smith
paper on a worship service other than your own.
We will attempt to create groups of diverse students, which
live in sufficient proximity, which will be able to attend two
different worship services. We suggest that groups should make
their visits during the weeks November 9 to November 28.
In this way during the two week gap, you will stay in touch
with the themes of the course.
Before each session, please fill in the reading sheets.
We need you answer the questions, based on the reading.
When you are discussing the reading in the small groups,
then you will find your reading sheets helpful.
At the end of the session, please hand your reading sheets
hope you will enjoy the course. Any
questions, worries, thoughts or suggestions, then please do not
hesitate to contact us.