Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Theological Studies
First Year Foundations
This diploma springs from the reality that the Greater Toronto Area is one of the most diverse places on earth. It is designed to introduce students to the spirituality of many of the different religions and faith communities who are our neighbours, leading to meaningful dialogue and new points of connection with other people.
We have been able to keep costs low due to a generous donation from the Scarboro Mission society.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
The Diploma in Interfaith Dialogue may be completed online, with the possibility of returning to in-person learning when the current situation subsides and public health deems it safe to do so. Please contact the Programs Coordinator for more details regarding online completion of the diploma.
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Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College
81 St. Mary St.,
Fall 2020 Courses
This course explores the most significant religious architectural expressions in the world. We will study Taoist and Shinto shrines, Buddhist and Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues, Christian churches, and Islamic mosques. A global perspective will allow for comparisons and contrasts between Western and Non-Western architecture. Students will analyze sacred spaces and share their own experiences, in order to evaluate the design intentions and their accomplishments.
Dates: September 28, October 5, 19, 26
Instructor: David Pereyra
Every religion articulates what makes an ideal human being, but often people with disabilities are excluded. This course explores disability narratives in major world religions, placing disability theologies at the center of religious inquiry. Students will examine the ways ability and disability impact spiritual engagement across religious traditions. Both sacred and modern texts will be used to understand the historical interpretations of disability and the ways religious communities engage with disabled persons today.
Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Kate McCray
Winter 2021 Courses
“Islam 101” course is an exploration of the basics, traditions, and values of the religion of Islam and the Muslim community.
One of the three Abrahamic traditions, along with Judaism and Christianity, Islam presents itself as a way of life and the final Divine message of God. The core message of Islam, submission to One God, is promoted by Islamic texts as the message that was delivered to people throughout history by Prophets from Adam to the last Prophet Muhammad. Muslims, therefore, have a lot in common with people of other faith communities.
Like all faith communities, the Muslim community has diverse schools and cultures. Diversity of schools of thought and traditions within the Muslim community has significantly contributed to the enrichment of the Islamic civilization.
Dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 8
In this course, students will explore some of the social, ritual, and legal barriers women experience in their spiritual communities, and learn about the ways in which women of diverse religious backgrounds are challenging these barriers through the re-examination of traditional texts and practices. Reflecting on their own roles as both readers and interpreters, students will explore texts in translation from classical religious sources, as well as critical, feminist and other contemporary women’s interpretations of these texts (including guest speakers, films, blogs, social media, etc.), considering the influence these ideas may be having on religious practices in the 21st century.
Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22
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