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UUSD free course on world religions starts March 27

Seeking the World’s Wisdom to be offered in Lewes
Mar 16, 2014

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will offer a special six-week course on world religious traditions, Seeking the World’s Wisdom, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursdays, March 27- May 1. The course is open to everyone. Come to all or some of the sessions; no registration is necessary. A one-time donation of $5, or any amount of one's choice, is requested.

The course consists of viewing and discussing the five interviews (55 minutes each) held by journalist Bill Moyers with Huston Smith, renowned scholar of world religions and pioneer of interfaith understanding. Smith reviews his lifelong search for ever-deeper wisdom in the world’s major religions and notes, “If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race.”

Week one, March 27 is an introductory session and discussion of primal religions and quirks of religious language. Each following week focuses on a different religion in this order: Hinduism & Buddhism; Confucianism & Taoism; Judaism & Christianity; Islam & Sufism. The last week discusses Huston Smith’s “A Personal Philosophy,” a summary of the world’s distilled wisdom. UUSD course facilitator Len Bowman teaches at Johns Hopkins University; he holds a PhD in religion and literature, and he counts Huston Smith among his teachers.

The course will be held at UUSD, 33739 Marsh Road, Lewes. For more information, call 302-645-9061 or go to www.uussd.org.

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