Presented by the Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Foundation, Perkins School of Theology, and the Dallas Institute
Religion is almost always a community affair, not merely a private practice. And religious communities always exist in some relationship with the wider society of which they and their members are apart. Yet religions vary in their understanding of what role their communities and members should play in the larger society, and why. They have different understandings of how their members should address the greater community and its needs. We could say that they have different theologies of social engagement, or different ideas about how faith is put into practice in a social setting.
The 2020-21 Faiths in Conversation Series will explore what different religions teach as the guiding principles and goals for their participation in social life beyond their own religious community. Aimed at offering people of all cultures, faith, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors, the monthly sessions will approach relevant topics of faith from academic–and accessible–perspectives, with audience participation encouraged.
The Fall series, all online, will focus on “Religion in Society” from the perspectives of the major faith traditions, featuring Shinto, Islam, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Hindu, and Christian traditions.
Session 1: Shinto Religion in Society
Monday, September 14, 4-5:30 pm
Monday, October 5, 4-5:30 pm
Monday, November 2, 4-5:30 pm
Monday, December 7, 4-5:30pm