Worldviews Seminar

June 16-21, 2014

Join us for a six-day seminar at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, designed to introduce you to the foundational information about the beliefs and practices of the world's religions.

  • Understand the role of religion in American life.
  • Discover the diversity of religions in Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Develop skills to function as a citizen in a multi-religions nation.
  • Learn the concepts and vocabulary of several religions
  • Engage in intelligent dialogue with members of those religions.
  • Understand the practices of several religions sufficiently to be able to be an informed visitor in these religious settings.

The Worldviews Seminar was created in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, to acquaint people with the perspectives and cultural identities of Baha'i, Buddhism, Chinese & Japanese Traditional Religions, Christianity, First Peoples and Native Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and to explore different models of dialogue. Through time in the classroom and many field trips to religious centers, this seminar places an emphasis on what people believe and how they find meaning in the world.

General Seminar Information:

  • Sessions are held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and various religious centers in the Metro-Detroit area.
  • Click here for the Worldviews informational brochure (pdf).
  • Click here for the Worldviews course (RELS 401/501) informational flyer (pdf).

Registration Information:
The basic cost of this year's seminar is $500.00.  This includes:

  • Transportation to religious centers
  • Some meals
  • Course notebook of reading

Click here to register for this six-day seminar.


For more information, contact either Sharie Beard or Professor Claude Jacobs.