Times of Crisis in Interreligious Perspective (AM-667)
The havoc wrought by COVID-19 has foregrounded the need for robust resources and strategies for interreligious understanding and collaboration in situations where loss is multireligious—or the response to it should be. At the same time, evidence of the insidiousness of systemic racism and White immunity has mounted, such that some have said we have been dealing with two pandemics at once! In times of great stress, to what spiritual resources do we and our neighbors of other lifeways turn? What are we to do when access to those resources is disrupted? How can any of us provide comfort, hope, and cautious wisdom with integrity when anxiety, grief, fear, or demands for physical distancing threaten to overwhelm or isolate? When great loss exacerbates bigotry and blaming, what actions can we take? What sorts of collaborative efforts have proven effective? Drawing upon case studies, scripture, devotional/theological writings, and interreligious scholarship, this asynchronous online course takes on these (and related) questions as it strives to develop or deepen awareness of effective forms and methods of religion-specific and interreligious spiritual guidance in religiously plural contexts.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Arts of Ministry
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAP - Elective course