Vancouver School of Theology

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IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Religion & Violence

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course offers an opportunity to prepare for, attend, and reflect on VST’s Inter-Religious Conference on Religion and Violence.

At the conference, participants will discuss religious violence and non-violence, recognizing that religious groups have been both perpetrators and victims. Violence will be understood in spiritual, theological, historical economic, linguistic, political, sexual, and psychological contexts. Multiple disciplines, religious communities, and cultural traditions will be represented. Students in this course will also have the opportunity to reflect on how their own views of violence and nonviolence are expressed in their leadership and scholarship.

·       In-person Attendance at Inter-religious Studies Conference:
o          Sunday May 26 (7:00-9:00 pm followed by reception)
o          Monday May 27 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm; 7:00-9:00 pm)
o          Tuesday May 28 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
·       Pre- and Post- conference class sessions:
o   Friday May 24 (10am – 4pm)
o   Friday May 31 (10am – 4 pm)

Note: Conference attendance is mandatory and is included in tuition fees.  The additional 2 classes can be joined via synchronous Zoom for off-site students.

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