Being Human: Religion and Spirituality

Being Human: Religion and Spirituality
4 sessions, 8 hours

Religion is a cultural universal, occurring in some form in every society. In this course, we’ll explore the nature of religion and spirituality from an anthropological perspective. We’ll address the BIG questions: How does a person come to believe something? Is belief compatible with science? What do people of various faiths actually believe – and how do their spiritual traditions shape their lives? Does religion structure society, or vice versa? Join us for an exploration of human spirituality, a grand tour of world faiths, and a series of lively discussions.

Instructor: Julie Castillo is a college anthropology instructor, children’s enrichment instructor, writing instructor, enrichment curriculum designer, entrepreneur, writer, and futurist. She holds an M.A. in sociocultural anthropology from Catholic University with a specialty in gender studies and ethnopsychology. Her current interests include development anthropology, human ecology, and poverty and affluence. She is fascinated by concepts of self and identity and frequently taps into literature, film, philosophy, and psychology in order to enhance her understanding. She loves books, movies, wildlife, adventure travel, and kayaking.

ILR521 Being Human: Religion and Spirituality
4 digit #: 6028
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm, Sep. 19 – Oct. 10
Location: FCC Conference Center/E123
Tuition: $34  Fee: $69  Total: $103
MD residents age 60 + pay fee only: $69

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