Vancouver School of Theology

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IPS/SP510 – Liturgy, Ritual and the Sacred

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

An introduction to the theory and practice of ritual, focused on elements shared by multiple traditions. Humans use ceremony to approach the divine, build community, mark important life events, and more. Together, we will explore theological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical theories of ceremonial activity. We will apply those theories as we study effective ritual facilitation to increase our own skills. The course is an MDiv/PPL spirituality elective and MAIIS requirement.

This course takes place on-site only, over the following Thursdays 6-9pm/Fridays 9-5pm :

  • September 19/20
  • October 17/18
  • November 14/15


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