An Introduction to the Heart of the Worlds Faiths by gregorio11


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                                                                                            Creative Space is a project which offers space
                                                                                            & opportunities to explore… Imagination,
                                                                                            Spirituality, Creativity, Justice.
                                                                                                                                                 An Introduction
                                                                                            Creative Space is supported by St George’s West
                                                                                            Church of Scotland & St John’s Episcopal Church .    to the Heart of the
                                                                                                                                                 World’s Faiths
                                                                               Creative Space seeks to: welcome and learn from people
                                                                               of all spiritual traditions and none; run a program of
                                                                               events through out the year; offer a venue for events
                                                                               which promote the principles of Creative Space
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                                                                               Space events see
                                                                               Creative Space,
                                                                               St Georges West Church, Shandwick Place,
                                                                               Edinburgh, EH2 4RT
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                                                               ❏               EIFA is a registered charity working in the fields of inter-
                                                                               religious and intra-religious dialogue, education and
 VOLUNTARY SECTOR                                        £70
                                                               ❏               peace. Membership comprises of 10 Faith Communities,
                                                                               Groups and Individuals. The aims of EIFA are:
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                                                               ❏               w	 bring together the faith communities of Edinburgh and

                                                                                its wider environs in deeper dialogue leading toward mutual
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                                                                                understanding, trust, respect, co-operation and peace;
                                                                               w To encourage inter-faith and multicultural awareness            10th January – 13th March 2008
                                                             ❏                   and understanding in the field of education;
                                                                               w To contribute toward the development of a global                10 Weekly
 NAME OF ORGANISATION IF ATTENDING FOR WORK PLACE OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL NEED     culture of peace by working both locally and globally to
                                                                                 improve co-operation between faiths and cultures;               Evening Sessions
                                                                               w To work with local, national and international organisations,
                                                                                 both religious and secular, to further the aims given above.

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St Georges West Church, Shandwick Place,
                                                                               Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association,
                                                                                                                                                            Shandwick Place
Edinburgh, EH2 4RT
                                                                               St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4 BJ                        Edinburgh EH2 4RT
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                                                                   A Basic Introduction to the World’s Faiths
            Baha’i • Buddhism • Christianity • Hinduism • Jainism • Islam • Judaism • Paganism • Sikhism • Zoroastrianism

10TH JANUARY – 13TH MARCH 2008                                      tradition & its impact on One Scotland and close with a      eight dimensions of religion
– 10 EVENING CLASSES                                                brief experience of ritual/meditative practice. Alongside    Within each religious tradition there are eight
                                                                    the consideration of the comparative model the faith         interacting dimensions which are all present
                     10 week series which explores 10 of            community representatives will also give an insight          but found in different ways in each.
                     the world’s major faiths by inviting a         or answer questions on dietary matters, prayer time,
                     Practitioner of each faith tradition to:       medical issues and customs relating to birth and death.      •   Religious Community
                     Introduce the basic concepts of their faith                                                                 •   Ritual
                                                                    This course is an opportunity for people to better
                     traditions using Prof. Whaling’s Model                                                                      •   Ethics
                                                                    understand the faiths present in our community, our
                     Explore what for them, is the Heart of         multi faith society and therefore develop or                 •   Social and Political Involvement
                     their faith tradition                          deepen knowledge, understanding and                          •   Scripture
                                                                    respect for this diversity on our door                       •   Concepts
Explore their faith tradition’s contribution to
                                                                    step. The sessions will include a                            •   Aesthetics
One Scotland many faiths, cultures & races
                                                                    presentation and discussion,                                 •   Spirituality
Lead the participants in a brief experience of                      with space for questions and
ritual/meditation from their tradition                              reflection. This series has                                  Underlying all of this in religious traditions there is
                                                                    preparatory reading for                                      something that pulls everything together and makes it real
The Basic Concepts will be introduced using “A Model                each week. Course fees will                                  which is difficult to put into words. Faith in the sense not
for Understanding Religion” by Prof Frank Whaling,                  include refreshments and the                                 of belief but in the sense of that which gives meaning to life
which he will introduce on the first night of the series.           background reading material.                                 and gives life to the model is perhaps the nearest word.

This ten week course is an opportunity to gain a basic                                                                           final note
understanding of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity,
                                                                    A MODEL FOR UNDERSTANDING RELIGIONS
                                                                                                                                 The model applies to all religions but provides a framework
Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, Sikhism                                                                             of understanding that allows for similarities and difference.
and Zoroastrianism and to reflect on the influence these            Using Prof Whaling’s Comparative Model for
                                                                    Understanding each session will consider the following:      It suggests that religions are dynamic organisms within
faith traditions have made on the life of a practitioner and                                                                     which there are eight interacting dimensions.
on Scottish culture. The course is open to everyone and
no prior knowledge of any faith tradition is required. You          transcendence
may be interested in participating purely from a personal           Lying behind all religious traditions is a sense of
                                                                    the reality of transcendence. It has different names
                                                                                                                                 “A well structured, multi-faceted insight into a number of
interest perspective or from a work place benefit.
                                                                    God, Allah, Yahweh, Brahman, Nirvana. It can
                                                                                                                                 faith traditions that proved excellent value for money.”
                                                                                                                                 2007 series participant
Using a mixture of discussion and lecture, in each session          be argued that they are in some way linked.
a member of a faith tradition will begin to introduce
                                                                    mediating focus                                              “Fantastic introduction to the core concepts and
us to the Basic Concepts of their Faith based on simple
background reading which will be given to each participant
                                                                                                                                 beliefs of many of the world’s religions. Provides a
                                                                    In each religious tradition there is a mediating focus by
in advance. Each week we will use the comparative                   means of which transcendence is made available to human
                                                                                                                                 good grounding & understanding to all the many
model of religion from Prof. Frank Whaling which will               beings. Again it has different names: Jesus Christ, Koran,
                                                                                                                                 religions which make up our society today.”
                                                                                                                                 2007 series participant
help to deepen our understanding of each tradition.                 Torah, a Hindu personal deity, the Buddha or Dharma.
Our speaker will then explore the Heart of their faith

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