Readings on Faiths Around the World

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A Book Group Exploring the Diversity of Religion

WHAT?Learning Circle
WHEN?July 8 – July 22, 2024
Mondays at 8:30 AM Pacific / 10:30 AM Central
WHERE?Online Via Zoom

Readings on Faiths Around the World is a book group that reads and discusses books covering the vast diversity of world faiths. Of course, the standard seven world religions will be included but we will also explore less well-known religious/spiritual groups including Afro-Caribbean, Bahá’í, Humanist, Jain, Pagan, Zoroastrian, and more. The only prerequisite needed for this group is a desire to learn more about the world’s religious traditions.

Please come to each session having read the assigned section and be prepared to participate in the discussion with the group. Future books to be discussed, and dates will be provided here as the sessions are scheduled.


The Analects, an ancient book of wisdom, can seem confusing and repetitive for Westerners, without a clear guide to lead us through it. This translation provides just such a guide, D. C. Lau.

Some folks ask, “Do ancient texts – religious or philosophical – offer anything of value to us in these confusing and tumultuous times?” Jesus taught the importance of loving one’s neighbor, the prophet Amos taught that justice and equality should be the rule, and Buddha showed that through meditation one develops empathy toward others. Confucius taught the value and importance of developing moral character.

This translation of The Analects has an introduction that explores various concepts that are important for shaping character. Moral character is the foundation of Confucian teaching and the concepts fill the pages of The Analects. The introduction is followed by core text and three appendices. The first appendix is a brief biography of Confucius, followed by a discussion of his disciplines, and appendix three is a critical look at the development of The Analects over the centuries.

Begins Monday, July 8th at 8:30 AM Pacific.

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About the Facilitator

Terry Goddard has a PhD from Chicago Theological Seminary in the history of religion. He is retired professor of history and religion. Terry writes a blog, many of which address Loren Eiseley and his thought as well as religious topics.

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