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March 18, 2016

World Religions | Religion in the Mountains

  We made it to Crestone, and it’s a very interesting town. There are not a lot of people, so it’s really quiet, which is a nice change from city life. There is one main road, two restaurants, a post office, some houses as well as a hotel. I think there are more religious sites than houses here. The first site we visited was a Carmelite Hermitage. We were instantly welcomed by a nice elderly woman who never told us her name. She invited us into her home and told us about her life...
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March 15, 2016

World Religions | Nidra and Islam

On Wednesday we went to a yoga Nidra class. I was definitely expecting more of a yoga session including: lunges, child’s pose, warrior, etc., but the ECS actually laid on warm wool blankets and soft pillows. The yoga Nidra or “yogic sleep” is the stage in meditation between cognizance and sleep. This type of yoga is the best type of yoga. I got to close my eyes and let my mind loose. Nidra cures all the stress and tension.  Many religions use this type of meditation. Nidra helps you...
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March 10, 2016

World Religions | Eastern Religions

Today we visited the Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs and attended a meditation session led by a religion professor and Buddhist at Colorado College. The UU Church was incredibly interesting as it aims to include all walks of life in its community. The meditation was a different kind of interesting in that we had some great insight from the instructor himself. The experience of the meditation was more difficult but was still a great experience for the class. The introduction...
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March 08, 2016

World Religions | Christianity and Judaism

  A synagogue. The Torah. A Friday night Jewish Shabbat service. These are a few of the things we studied this last weekend for our studies of Judaism.  The thirteen students of the World Religions ECS listened the incredible Kobi Chumash, a professor of religion at Colorado College, speak to us about his life, his relationship with Judaism, and Judaism all around the world, on Friday afternoon. I was blown away with the amount of knowledge that simply comes with one religion. I...
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March 04, 2016

World Religions | Creation Story and Being Open to Learn

On the third day of our ECS, we had an invigorating and thought-provoking conversation about the book of Genesis, and it’s connection to the religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We discussed the Creation story, and how different perspectives have taken this theory. Should it be taken literally? Or “literaturely”? We then continued to discuss the story of Adam and Eve. Here questions such as “Why would God give Adam and Eve the opportunity to sin, if he didn’t want them to?”, and “Why...
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March 02, 2016

World Religions ECS: Opening Rituals and the Quest for Common Ground

Our first day (February 29th) of World Religions ECS started with the ritual that our instructors had created to make an introduction to the fundamentals of ritual. Their ritual started with asking for silence in the room, all three of them standing in different parts of the class with a calming classical music in the background and meeting at the center of the room. It ended with touching the book of Shakespeare and a reading. This opened up a discussion point about the features of a ritual....
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February 02, 2016

Welcome to the World Religions ECS

Would you call yourself a religious person, a person of faith? Do you believe in God? Are you an atheist or an agnostic—and what’s the difference anyway? Were you raised in a religious tradition but have doubts about its significance for you now? Is the whole “religion thing” mystifying to you? Have you ever wondered why and how religions began, and why religious belief continues to exist and play such a dominant role in the lives of so many people around the globe? If you answered yes to any...
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March 15, 2016

World Religions | Nidra and Islam

On Wednesday we went to a yoga Nidra class. I was definitely expecting more of a yoga session including: lunges, child’s pose, warrior, etc., but the ECS actually laid on warm wool blankets and soft pillows. The yoga Nidra or “yogic sleep” is the stage in meditation between cognizance and sleep....
» read more
March 10, 2016

World Religions | Eastern Religions

Today we visited the Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs and attended a meditation session led by a religion professor and Buddhist at Colorado College. The UU Church was incredibly interesting as it aims to include all walks of life in its community. The meditation was a different...
» read more
March 08, 2016

World Religions | Christianity and Judaism

  A synagogue. The Torah. A Friday night Jewish Shabbat service. These are a few of the things we studied this last weekend for our studies of Judaism.  The thirteen students of the World Religions ECS listened the incredible Kobi Chumash, a professor of religion at Colorado College...
» read more
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