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DATE: May 21, 2004

'Worldviews' conference to study religious diversity

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host the third annual "Worldviews: A Seminar on American Religious Diversity" Monday, June 21 through Saturday, June 26.

The six-day seminar will acquaint people with the changing religious landscape of metropolitan Detroit and explore the perspectives and cultural identities of various religions including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and First Peoples and Native traditions.

"The participants are becoming increasingly diverse, in terms of ethnicity, education, and their own religious backgrounds," according to Claude Jacobs, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Pluralism Project. "What we have is diversity studying diversity."

The seminar will include classroom lectures and discussions, films, music and trips to religious centers for conversations with leaders and members at the centers.

The seminar is sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Episcopal Church, and UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, the Office of the Provost and the Pluralism Project.




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