Religious communities frequently have bold visions of peace and justice and yet may be major contributors to violence and oppression. Students will engage in meeting first hand religious communities in metro Kansas City as well as exploring key beliefs and practices through readings and class discussion. Accurate and empathic understandings of different faiths will be combined with critical examination of their propensities for peace and justice-making historically and in contemporarily conflicts worldwide. Contemporary conflicts will include the USA, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian sub-continent.
Credit hours: 3.0
Lecture hours: 3.0