Today’s pluralistic world is fraught with misunderstanding and conflict, sometimes violent. World religions are often perceived to lie at the root of these problems. How can we learn to understand people from differing faiths and interact sensitively with them on an everyday basis? How might the global arts help us do this? Many world religions engage art, symbol, and ritual—with multisensory constellations of practices that draw on music and dance, architecture, artifacts, color, and images. Such practices impact their adherents both consciously and unconsciously, profoundly shaping religious peoples’ beliefs and lived realities.
The Global Arts and World Religions emphasis offers you opportunities to investigate world religions as they are practiced, reflect on perceptions toward one another, and develop hands-on tools for engagement with peoples of differing faiths via the arts. Cultural and religious studies challenge you to think missiologically and theologically and learn practical ways to minister within local, regional, and global contexts. Courses address such topics as interreligious relations, sustainable peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, witness, and worship through cultural arts, symbols, and rituals—helping you learn to foster understanding and communication between religious peoples in a world crying out for peace and justice.