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Wisdom of the World Religions: A Dive into Sacred Texts Year Long Series

03/25/2021 06:30 PM - 12/23/2021 08:30 PM PT


Are you curious about the wisdom that can be gleaned from the world’s religions? Would you like to know some of the most important, universally applicable teachings from the global sacred texts that would benefit you in your life? It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself an atheist, agnostic, or a devout follower of your faith, this series was designed for you! 
In this series, we'll dive into the teachings and stories of the world’s sacred texts, what distinguishes them from each other, and applicable spiritual practices that you can implement into your life. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from Michael Bogar, Dr. Will Coleman, Jamal Rahman, and Rabbi Ted Falcon. Register for the full series or single sessions.
For full series of 12 classes: $240 ($20/class) - click registration button above. Full series includes access to all classes and recordings for all 12 sessions.
Individual classes: $25 Early Bird, $30 Regular Registration (links to individual classes listed below)
Time: 6:30-8:30pm PT
Location: All classes are webinar.
Category: World Religions
Class Subject, Instructor and date:
Introduction to Sacred Texts with Michael Bogar, MDiv, ThM - Jan 28
The Tao Te Ching with Michael Bogar, MDiv, ThM - Feb 25
The Analects of Confucius with Michael Bogar, MDiv, ThM - Mar 25
African Religions with Dr. Will Coleman - Apr 22
Qur'an and the Hadith (collected sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) Part 1 with Imam Jamal Rahman - May 27
Qur'an and the Hadith (collected sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) Part 2 with Imam Jamal Rahman - Jun 24
The Torah, Part 1 with Rabbi Ted Falcon - Jul 22
The Torah, Part 2 with Rabbi Ted Falcon - Aug 26
The Bible, Part 1 with Dr. Will Coleman - Sep 23
The Bible, Part 2 with Dr. Will Coleman - Oct 28
Gospel of Thomas with Michael Bogar, MDiv, ThM - Nov 18
Gospel of Mary Magdalene with Michael Bogar, MDiv, ThM - Dec 16
Michael Bogar: Michael’s approach is from a full-life experience and he can relate to a wide range of people. He has a way of communicating to those at the top of their game and those ready to quit. Life is educational, each morning presents an opportunity to begin anew. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has a proven ability to inform and inspire students ranging from the informal beginner to the serious scholar. Students and audience members frequently comment on his depth of scholarship, personal approach and sense of humor.
Michael has studied and taught the classical religious texts from many religious traditions and is a very effective teacher of spiritual concepts. He has studied Jungian Depth Psychology and universal mythologies. He is a brilliant integrator of mythology, theology, personal spirituality, practical philosophy and depth psychology. He combines deep scholarship, spontaneous humor and contagious enthusiasm with a down to earth practical approach to personal and spiritual growth. People open up easily to his clear and amicable style.

Will Coleman, Ph.D. is a theologian and teacher of Biblical spirituality. He was born and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion at Rhodes  College in Memphis, he moved to Decatur, Georgia in order to attend Columbia Theological Seminary. There he received his Master of Divinity degree, with a focus in theology.  A few years later, he went on to receive his Doctor of Philosophy degree ("with distinction") from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His areas of concentration were in philosophical and systematic theology, philosophy of religion and interpretation theory. He teaches and tutors individuals and groups in a variety of contexts in the areas of theology and Biblical spirituality (in English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin).

Will Coleman, Ph.D. teaches and applies principles of Hebrew and Christian Bible study and spirituality for the enrichment of spiritual and psychological health. He has many years of research, writing and teaching experience in this area.  He also has studied and practiced a wide range of spiritual topics and disciplines within the tradition of the Kabbalah.  Biblical spirituality is rooted in the knowledge that the sacred text called the Bible, which originated in Northeast Africa, is much more comprehensive as a guide for transformation of consciousness in the original sounds, symbols and languages of the Hebrew, Greek and Latin texts than in English translations.  This is the true foundation for both Hebrew and Christian spirituality.  The Kabbalah (Hebrew spirituality) incorporates knowledge of specific Biblical texts with both visual and auditory meditation techniques that enhance one's appreciation for the relationship between the divine and human interconnection.

Will Coleman, Ph.D. teaches biblical and theological interpretation (in Hebrew, Greek and Latin)  and Africentric spirituality with the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (Atlanta) and the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary (Miami).

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he is a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, retreats and workshops.
Jamal's passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition but cultivates 'spaciousness' by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. Through the process of an authentic and appreciative understanding of other paths, Jamal feels that he is becoming a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion, but about completion. Jamal has an abiding faith in the power of heart to heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices.
Rabbi Ted Falcon: Spiritual guide, author, teacher and therapist, has taught Jewish traditions of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality since the 1970s. Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology and, in 1978, founded the first meditative Reform congregation. He moved to Seattle in 1993, where he also founded a meditative synagogue. He is the author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author, with David Blatner, of Judaism For Dummies. He served as Scholar-in-Residence at Unity of Bellevue for two years, and has a private spiritual counseling practice, seeing people in his Seattle office as well as via Skype. He is Chair of Interfaith at Unity in Lynnwood.
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