The understanding of the concept of “neighbor” has a great influence over the development of communities and cultures. The way that individuals relate to and behave toward one another is the foundation for the cooperative advancement of a society. People come to understand what it means to be a neighbor in many different ways, but as is the case for many people, religious texts provide the guidelines for proper behavior. Thus, understanding the idea of ‘neighbor” as it appears in Islamic, Christian and Jewish teachings, we will achieve a greater understanding of the expectation for “neighbor” relationships in these three traditions.
The neighbor relationship is an important but neglected social value of our time. As is present in Jewish and Christian literature, the importance of fostering good relationships with neighbors is strongly emphasized in Islam as well. This class will highlight many of the important points regarding relationships between neighbors by focusing on the definition of neighbor and how it is portrayed in the Islam and Christianity, answering the simple questions “Who is considered a neighbor?” and “What does it mean to be a good neighbor?”
June 9 - TBD with Travis Helms
June 16 - TBD with Beverly Voss
June 23 - TBD with Brian Woolworth
June 30 - Pondering the Gift of Forgiveness with Deborah Franke
Through the gentleness of pondering, we’ll explore how a personal choice to forgive brings forth the healing power of liberation from the past that cannot change and creates an opening for being a more joyful and loving presence in daily life.