University of Michigan-Dearborn is a part of one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions in the nation, with a history of religious centers dating to 1701.
Since the establishment of that first place of worship, Ste. Anne de Detroit Roman Catholic Church, Southeastern Michigan has become home to people of many faiths, including a wide array of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Janis, Buddhists, Baha'is, and others. It is impossible to understand even our own Western cultural context without some detailed knowledge of the traditions, influence and rationale of its religious underpinnings. Thus, the Religious Studies Program at UM-Dearborn has been established to provide a focus for discussions of the ethical standards and the cultural orientations which have been fostered by various religions.
Dr. Ivy Forsythe-Brown, Director
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