Three men, five hundred plus years apart, yet their similarities outweigh their differences. Perhaps it is time to broaden our thinking about religion in general and these three great sources in particular. Is it possible that there may be more than one way to God? Perhaps the teachings of these three were more on the quality of human life lived.
The quest for happiness is a hallmark of the human condition. Whether we dream for professional success, purpose in life, or love, we covet these things because we believe that they will make us happier. Sadness, grief, worry, and low self-esteem often overwhelm us. Tendencies such as anger, jealousy, and bad habits also impede our happiness. Even when there is nothing negative percolating in our psyches, we still might not feel very happy. This course, Happiness, will explore teachings of Judaism, and especially Kabbalah, that offer us a framework of insight with which we can overcome the various struggles that impede our happiness. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Edgewood Hall, Rm. 165
Couples should use 45766 to register and pay $100.
It is amazing how many expressions of religion are very similar throughout the world. In this course, you will explore a period of time between 800 BC and 200 BC labeled the "Axial Age." This period of time set in motion the foundations of all religions and traces ideas, doctrine, and theology of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Examine some of the major spiritual practices of the world's religious traditions including prayer, meditation, yoga, mantra, music, art, silence, lectio divina, and service. This is an experiential course. Students will learn about each practice and engage in them, both individually and in small groups. You are encouraged to keep a journal, reflecting about your experience with each practice. Discussion and reflection among the class is a major part of the course. This is not a faith-based course and students of all backgrounds are encouraged to register. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
This is a survey of the Hebrew bible from a variety of critical methods. Look at the historical and social context of ancient Israel, its literary traditions, and its surrounding cultures. Learn current theories about how the various narratives of the Hebrew bible originated, its history of compilation and redaction, as well as the material culture of ancient Israel and how it relates to the text of the Hebrew Bible. This is not a faith-based course and students are encouraged to write and express their own perspective on the material. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.