Introduction to Christian Spirituality

USC Office of Religious Life
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Every Wednesday from September 4, 2013 to November 13, 2013
5:00 pm
University Park Campus
FREE - but RSVP is required.

Who was Jesus?  What is the Bible?  What is Christian spiriitual experience?  What forms has the faith taken through history?  If these questions interest you, come to this non-credit course offered by Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC.

This course approaches Christianity from an academic perspective, and invites participants to experience different forms of Christian spirituality.  It takes an historical and phenomenological rather than a dogmatic approach to the religion.  This non-credit course is open to all USC students and staff, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof.

You will learn and experience spiritual practices and rituals from different branches of the faith.  You'll explore the content, formation and history of interpretation of the Bible and other early Christian documents.  You will learn about the social, spiritual, and political milieus in which the religion emerged and developed.  You'll learn about the sects that make up Christianity as a whole.

There are recommended readings and exercises for each session, but they are not required.  There are no tests and no papers to write.  Just show up for any or all sessions with an open heart and mind.  Commitment to attending all sessions is recommended but not required.  The hour-long class will begin with 30 minutes of presentation followed by discussion, spiritual practices, and exercises.