Take a journey through some of the oldest religious traditions on the planet. We will explore the concept of religion, a vast and complex idea that defies simple definition. Then, oral traditions which have been both lost in history and largely misunderstood by modern people. These include the practices of the First Nations people and Irish pre-Christians. In India, we delve into Hinduism, the first sacred tradition to spread worldwide, and its multitude of manifestations. Finally, we journey into Buddhism and all the ways that this tradition has evolved over time. The class will include readings and lecture-discussion. There are optional writing assignments designed to express your understanding of each tradition.
To register and pay, call 360.586.6181 or visit the Olympia or Lacey Senior Centers. Cash, check or credit card accepted. If you register by phone, you will have to bring to or mail to the Olympia Senior Center cash or check made out to the instructor for their half of the tuition – received no later than Monday, September 16, 2019, to help prevent classes from being cancelled prematurely due to lack of enrollment.
Your Teacher: Margaret Riordan is a lifelong student of world religions. She received her doctorate from Syracuse University in 1998, where she focused on religious social movements and the feminist ethic of care. In 2000, she was ordained as an Interfaith Contemplative minister through the Interfaith Theological Seminary. She was a professor at Everett Community College for 25 years. There, she taught sociology and world religions.