CAS Interreligious Studies
PeriodJuly 2021 - August 2021
Registration deadline30 November 2020
- Study the issues at stake in interreligious dialogue and engagement through an interdisciplinary approach linking theory and practice
- Understand the nature of the interreligious dialogue and engagement as well as its place in a local, national and international society
- Understand past, present and future challenges of the interreligious dialogue and engagement as well as its place in a local, national and international global and plural society
- Strengthen knowledge on the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism
- Become aware of an interdisciplinary approach in interfaith studies
- Find constructive solutions linking theory of interreligious studies to practice of interreligious dialogue and engagement
- Discover how the three religions respond to modern challenges
Two learning components: a distance learning period (6 weeks) and an intensive residential 3-week-period of study, research and community life. The residential period includes 4 study modules:
- Core Course on Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Thematic Workshops
- Practical Interreligious Workshop
- Interreligious Study Visits
Prof. Ghislain WATERLOT, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva and Prof. Ioan SAUCA, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey
Diploma delivered jointly with
Introduction to Christianity, Islam and Judaism: the history, the different traditions and streams, basic elements and teachings, the holy scriptures: the Christian Bible, the Qur’An and the Jewish Bible. A particular theme is explored each year from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim points of view seeking possible areas of intersection between the three Abrahamic religions. The methodology of the module is blended learning requiring regular participation and fulfilment of both distance learning and residential task assignments.
The workshops discuss contemporary challenges with the reference to the theme chosen for the year. The module requires regular participation and fulfilment of task assignments.
The workshop provides a reflected experience on historical-cultural modes of transmission and communication of religion in practice. The workshop uses as a methodology practical exercises of spiritual sharing and scriptural reasoning. The module requires regular participation and fulfilment of task assignments.
An opportunity to gain a reflected practical insight and overview on the way of practice, organization or spiritual life of the work of the three Abrahamic religions and selected institutions in the local Swiss context - places of prayer of the Abrahamic religious communities in Geneva (church, mosque, synagogue), the Ecumenical Centre, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the United Nations Geneva headquarters. This module requires participation in all study visits, including preparation and debriefing sessions.
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