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Interfaith Training for Upcoming Parliament of Religions

30-Sep-2018 ~ 20-Oct-2018

Interfaith Training Class (3 weeks)

Sept 30-Oct 20, 2018 

This special three-week course offered by UrantiaUniversity Institute through the Urantia Book Fellowship is designed to prepare Urantia Book readers who plan to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Toronto, November 1 – 7, 2018. It is also available to any student interested in developing interfaith skills.

The course will focus on interfaith training with two goals:

1.To develop an awareness of united service in working with people of all faiths.

2.Getting the most out of outreach opportunities provided by the World Parliament of Religions.

Go directly to the UUI Interfaith Training Class Registration page

About the Class

This three-week course is designed to prepare representatives who will participate in the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Toronto, November 1 – 7, 2018. It is also open to any Urantia Book student interested in developing interfaith skills.

The course will focus on interfaith training with two goals:

1.To develop an awareness of united service in working with people of all faiths, and

2.To get the most out of outreach opportunities provided by the Parliament of the World's Religions.

Some of the transformative learning that students will experience in this class:

Week 1 (Sept 30-Oct 6)

Theme: Interfaith Basics
Led by Bettina Gray & Peter Laurence

Week one will focus on interfaith basics where the difference between theological debate and positive dialogue and exchange is considered and practiced.

Week 2 (Oct 7-13)

Theme: Sacred Listening
Led by Susan Meyers & Geoff Taylor

Week two will explore the discipline of sacred listening where listening and responding with a spiritual ear and voice is the greatest service to our brothers and sisters in the Family of God.

Week 3 (Oct 14-20)

Theme 1: Where is Religion and Faith Today?

Theme 2: Prepare and Present the Urantia Revelation

Led by Cristina Seaborn & Bruce Jackson

The final week has two parts:

1.We will give brief attention to understanding where religion and faith is today. While not an exhaustive study, it is designed to open the door to “on-the-fly” research where Parliament representatives may learn something about other faith expressions beyond the materials presented in The Urantia Book.

2.We will work on developing two introductory statements: a "quick hit," 2+ minute introduction of The Urantia Book and a 5+ minute invitation to engage in deeper conversation about the revelation.

Finally, this class will endeavor to establish prayer support for each representative attending the Parliament of World Religions in an effort to transform this outreach effort into a unified spiritual experience for Jesusonians.

Learning Outcomes:

1.The student will be able to demonstrate using the components of interfaith practice in their interactions with people of “other” faiths.

2.The student will be able to dialogue with a good understanding of Interpersonal Interfaith Dialogue.

3.The student will be able to describe where religion and faith are today.The student will be able to present their faith/religion using applied studies.

Pre-class preparation (for enrolled students only):

In preparation for the class, choose one faith or religion on which you would like to do a one page comparison with The Urantia Book. Prepare a document with two columns and enter your responses to these questions after doing your research:

1.What are the basic tenets of this faith/religion?

2.How does this compare to quotes from the Urantia Book?

We would like to compile a notebook with these comparisons for the joint Urantia Book Booth at the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018.


 

 



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