History, ritual, culture. Tour houses of worship. Talk to clergy. Immerse yourself in a whole new Exploring Our Religious Landscapes series, introducing sessions on the Baha’i faith and the American Baptist Church for the first time.
Did you know?
- The Baha’i Faith is the second most geographically widespread religion, with followers in nearly every country and dependent territory on the globe.
- In 1054 Christians separated into the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. In the early 1500s the major Protestant groups (Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian) came into being.
- Almost 90% of Muslims are Sunnis. Shiites are the second-largest group.
- Jews who lived in Spain spoke a Judeo-Spanish language called Ladino that traveled with them to other lands after the Jewish expulsion from Spain in the 15th century.
- Today, there are over 33,000 Christian denominations.
- A Mikveh is a bath of naturally occurring water in which certain Jewish ritual purifications are performed.
- The last thread of Christianity developed in America during the 19th century, as Christians of many backgrounds sought a “restoration” of the original Christian church from the times of Jesus and the apostles. These “restoration” churches include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- American Baptists have been led by the Gospel mandates to promote holistic change within society, as witnessed by their advocacy of freed African Americans following the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, women in church and societal leadership, ecological responsibility, and many other issues.
Register now and join us to learn about Judaism, African-American Baptist Church, Baha’i, and Islam.