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WORLD RELIGIONS

World Religions

Religions are not objects of curiosity to be perused like artifacts in a museum. Rather, they are lived experiences that provide profound meaning for those within them. Our religious traditions have endured for so many years because they have profoundly touched so many lives. Our study together is ultimately about these people - roughly two thirds of the world population whose lives are inextricably tied to their religious traditions and history. This lecture series not only gives you the facts about religions, but also teaches you to appreciate the internal logic behind their world views and engage some of the common myths and misconceptions for each religion.

The Spiritual Extremists: Those Who Take Spirituality to the Edge

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Sadhus, Sufis, Monks, and Madmen. Religious Extremism captures much of the media attention but this course explores people who take their spirituality to the edge. What inspires men and women to live in caves or remain celibate for their lives? What does it mean to find union with God? Where is the line between crazy and holy? These are the questions behind this series. It is dedicated to all those who follow their spiritual passions to wherever they lead.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
The Spiritual Extremists: Those Who Take

Spirituality to the Edge

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 10/1/2019 - 10/15/2019 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99

The Religions of the East

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Contemporary California is more open to finding your own spiritual path and exploring religious perspectives than any other place in human history. For spiritual explorers, the religions of the world are source books from which to draw wisdom, meaning, rituals, myths, and purpose. This series provides opportunities to examine the world’s religions to understand their unique contributions to our shared human heritage and what they can add to your life today. In this course, Dr. Lloyd-Moffett will discuss Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religious traditions.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
The Religions of the East Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 10/29/2019 - 11/12/2019 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99

About the Instructor

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett is an internationally known Religious Studies scholar and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly. A dynamic, popular community lecturer, he is the recipient the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the President's Community Service Award. Author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community and the forthcoming The Soul of Wine: In Vino Sanctus, Professor Lloyd-Moffett holds a M.A. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.