RELG 390 (Special Topics in Religion): Comparative Religious Ethics: Texts and Practices in the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
THGU 800 (Special Topics in Theology): Comparative Religious Ethics: Texts and Practices in the Hindu, Christian and Muslim Traditions
RELG 390 (Special Topics in Religion): Loving God and Neighbor: An Action-based Approach to Interfaith Dialogue and Collaboration
THGU 800 (Special Topics in Theology): Loving God and Neighbor: An Action-based Approach to Interfaith Dialogue and Collaboration
***Each student will take one course from each professor.
Dr. Wesley N. Barker - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Liberal Studies, Penfield College
Dr. Rob Nash - Professor of Mission and Comparative Religion, McAfee School of Theology
Location of service project: Aligarh Muslim University and the Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Aligarh, India
Visually impaired persons in the nation of India often suffer from religious and cultural stigmas that cause economic deprivation and social isolation. The Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged provides education and vocational training that helps elementary and high school students to overcome these stigmas and to make meaningful contributions to society. Join a group of students from Mercer University and a group of Hindu and Muslim students from Aligarh Muslim University who will study the sacred texts of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam together and then engage in a service project with the Ahmadi School. The project will focus on teaching Ahmadi students in such areas as English as a second language, computer training, instrumental and vocal music, weaving, sewing, knitting, sports, and other skills that Mercer and Aligarh students bring to the experience.
Two Mercer faculty members with considerable expertise in comparative religious ethics, together with faculty from various academic disciplines at Aligarh Muslim University, will use textual exegesis as the foundation for dialogue with Muslim, Hindu, and Christian students about the relationship between the ideal of love of God and neighbor and the expression of that love and service in a tangible way. By engaging sacred texts of different religious traditions, the community of servant-scholars will identify religious and cultural stigmas associated with physically challenged persons and articulate theological and ethical perspectives that could reframe these stigma to engender a more integrated society.
For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.