Religion

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Wildwood

Our religion classes are designed to help you develop a broad understanding of specific world religions. The primary focus of our classes is based on religious traditions, biblical literature, and historical developments of religions throughout the world.

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Continuing Education

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314-984-7777

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Religion and Its Role in World History

Join this exciting journey exploring the question, “What is religion?” Discussion includes a brief survey of world history examining how religion has influenced every period. This class is a recommended prerequisite for the Eastern Religions and Western/Monotheistic Religions courses, which discuss five major world religions.
RELG:701 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
Jan. 21 | MC-BA, 114

Eastern Religions

If you are intrigued by the major religions of Asia, begin your search for understanding with this course offering an introduction to the teachings, history, development and current challenges of Hinduism and Buddhism. Expand your knowledge of other belief systems and discuss the differences and similarities of the major world religions. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Religion and Its Role in World History and Western/Monotheistic Religions to provide a more complete view of major world religions.
RELG:702 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
Jan. 28-Feb. 4 | MC-BA, 114

Western/Monotheistic Religions

Each session focuses on the teachings, history, development and current challenges of Judaism, Christianity or Islam to expand knowledge of other belief systems while giving students the opportunity to discuss differences and similarities of major world religions. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Religion and Its Role in World History and Eastern Religions to provide a more complete view of major world religions.
RELG:703 | 3 sessions | $24.50 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
Feb. 11-25 | MC-BA, 114

NEW! Rags to Royalty: Mary in Art and Culture Through the Centuries

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the most famous woman in the history of the world. She has been depicted as humble peasant, serene virgin, tender mother and radiant queen. Discover the history of Christianity’s relationship with Mary through thematic exploration of her cultural and artistic representations. Reference will be made to scriptural tenets and key theologians.
RELG:765 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Th 6:30-8 p.m. | Yvonne Klein
Feb. 13 | MC-SO, 108

History of the Bible

Join us for the fascinating history of the world’s most famous, most read, most debated and most controversial book. Discussion will focus on how, when and by whom the material was recorded, copied, translated, debated and eventually selected to be canonized into collections to form the Hebrew Bible followed by the Christian Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. The Protestant Reformation will be discussed with attention to the implications of printing and translation of the Bible into English, the recovery of ancient manuscripts, construction of critical editions and the rise of critical historical scholarship and contemporary responses. Stories within the Bible will not be discussed.
RELG:704 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
April 14-21 | WW, 202

Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness

Love can heal the world and forgiveness is the catalyst for making it happen. When we give up all grievances, the path is open to finding real peace and happiness. Discussion includes inspirational stories of the miracles of personal healing that radical forgiveness can produce and why forgiveness is so important for our own well-being and for others. The steps of performing forgiveness is presented and discussed. Following these steps outside the classroom can release grievances and heal relationships. This presentation of forgiveness is psychologically based and is not focused on any particular religious view of forgiveness, so no religious or faith-based view of forgiveness is needed to understand and practice it.
RELG:765 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P02 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
April 28 | WW, 202


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