World Religions

Religion shapes. It shapes global affairs, national politics, your neighbours and perhaps even yourself. Come explore some of the world’s major religions. Religions do not just speak of theology – they teach us about history, about power and about how rituals and bodily practices contour our internal lives. They also illuminate how groups form and identity emerges, and will even shed light on secularism, individualism and the nation-state. Pull up a chair.

 

Series Coordinators: Joan Corbett-Fujiki & Ellen Lewis

 

Series Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 to Thursday, December 3, 2020
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of World Religions
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

This popular talk provides an insightful yet compact overview of the world’s major religious families.
You will come away with a helpful map for understanding how major religious groups are related to each other, how they compare and differ, and their influence. The world of religion is large – here is a tool to help you see the big picture.

About the lecturer 

Brian Carwana

Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

 

Title:
Hinduism: Thou Are That
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

We will wander into arguably the world’s oldest major religious tradition and witness the innumerable changes and developments it has undergone across time. We will learn how Hinduism’s collector nature and multiple origins has created one of the most diverse and colourful
religions on the planet.

About the lecturer 

Brian Carwana

Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

 

Title:
Judaism: A People Set Apart
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

Tradition! Judaism focuses on memory and how the stories we tell define us. We will explore how these stories took shape through three defining phases of Jewish history. In turn we will learn about how tradition both preserves and innovates.

About the lecturer 

Brian Carwana

Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

 

Title:
Christianity: But I Say Unto You
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

The world’s largest religion started in a backwater of the Roman Empire but later profited from that empire’s roads, relative order, and common language to spread its message. We will explore how scriptures get written, the rainbow diversity of early Christianity, and how a Gentile religion emerged from the death and resurrection of a devout Jewish man.

About the lecturer 

Brian Carwana

Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

 

Title:
Islam: And Muhammad Is His Prophet
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

We will learn about the biography of the prophet Muhammad, who serves as the template for ideal Muslim living. We will also discuss the later split into Sunni and Shi’a, and the key practices and beliefs of the world’s fastest growing religion. Finally, we will look at key sources of authority in Islam (e.g. Qur’an, hadith and shariah) and address topical issues that have emerged in recent decades around violence and secularism.

About the lecturer 

Brian Carwana

Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

 

Title:
Buddhism
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
On-line Zoom Webinar

Buddhism is an ancient and fascinating tradition that is followed by some 500 million people around the globe. In this talk, we will explore some of its history, beginning with the life of the Buddha some 500 years before the Common Era. We will look at the tradition’s significant teachings and practices, and examine several of the distinctive traditions of Buddhism among monks, nuns, and lay people around the
world today.

About the lecturer 

Patricia Campbell

Patricia Campbell earned her PhD in Religious Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009. Her doctoral studies focused on Buddhism and ritual studies, and she published her dissertation, Knowing Body, Moving Mind with Oxford University Press in 2011. As a part-time university instructor, she has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and Mount Allison University. She lives with her husband on his organic farm in Chatsworth.