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Catholicism & Other World Religions

Catholicism & Other World Religions:

Monday Evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning September 26th

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We are excited to offer to our parishioners the opportunity to learn about the other major religious traditions in the world (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam), with the objective of helping the participants appreciate the world view each one offers to its adherents, as well as help them to develop a deeper understanding of their own Catholic tradition by focusing on the common areas of belief and practice.  

Proposed Schedule (Subject to Change)

Monday, September 26th: Why Study Other Religions? (Facilitated by Scott Brazil).

Monday, October 3rd: Buddhism featuring Bussho Lahn from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.

Monday, October 17th: Islam featuring Owais Bayunus from the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

Monday, October 24th: Hinduism featuring Ned Mohan from the Hindu Temple of Minnesota.

Monday, November 7th: Judaism featuring Marshall Mintz from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

 There is NO COST to participate, though a free will offering will be made available to help us offset the speaker honorariums.  

Questions or comments should be directed to Scott Brazil.

Additional Resources:

Nostra Aetate: Declaration of the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Second Vatican Council, 1965)

Jubilee Year of Mercy: Practicing Reconciliation & Dialogue (USCCB: Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs)

Catholic Update Article "World Religions: A Primer for Catholics."

Article: Catholicism & World Religions (Saint Mary's Press, 2010)

Catholic Update Article "Islam: What Every Catholic Should Know."

Living Buddha, Living Christ (Chapters 1 & 2) by Thich Nhat Hahn

Session 1 Power Point Slides

Major Points of Convergence Among the Great Spiritual Traditions (Fr. Ron Rolheiser)

Centering Prayer Brochure

Buddhism 101: Life of the Buddha & Core Teachings

What is Buddhism? (Handout from Bussho Lahn)

Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

A Story of Encounter with a Buddhist Monk (Jeanne Specht)

A Brief Introduction to Islam (Handout from Owais Bayunus)

Power Point Presentation on Islam (Prepared by Owais Bayunus)

Selected Passages from the Quran

Selected Passages: Hadith, Sufi Wisdom, and Malcom X

Understanding Islam: A Guide for Catholic Educators (Excellent Overview of the Tradition)

Revelation: Catholic & Muslim Perspective

Hinduism Resource: A website created by Ned Mohan

Hinduism 101: The Basics (Hindu American Foundation)

Power Point Presentation on Hinduism (Prepared by Ned Mohan)

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