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 Alternative Religions: Cults, New Religious Movements, and the Search for Spiritual Novelty

America is land of religious innovation. This course looks beyond the standard religious forms in order to understand some of the most interesting alternative religious expressions in our history. Why do people join ‘cults’ and how do they become so popular? Why are so many Americans in search of gurus and spiritual guides? How do you explain the rise of religious communes and other spiritual utopias? This course unveils the motivations behind the appeals to seek alternatives to traditional religions. It also tells the stories of some of the most colorful religious expressions in history.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
The Alternative Religions: Cults, New Religious Movements, and the Search for Spiritual Novelty Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 1/21/2020 - 2/4/2020 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99

The Religions of the West

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 class, Dr. Lloyd-Moffett will discuss Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
The Religions of the West Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 2/18/2020 - 3/3/2020 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99

Local Religious Expressions: Halcyon, Esalen, & Scientology

The Central Coast holds a surprising religious diversity tucked into corners of the county. As a place filled with open space and inspiring landscapes, new religious expressions found their home here. This course looks at three very different examples of Central Coast religions: Halcyon, Esalen, and Scientology.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
Local Religious Expressions: Halcyon, Esalen, & Scientology Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 4/14/2020 - 4/28/2020 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99

World Religions: Indigenous and Nature Religions

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 course 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 Australian aboriginal religions, Native American traditions, and nature spirituality.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
World Religions: Indigenous and Nature Religions Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 5/12/2020 - 5/26/2020 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.