'World Religions' focus of summer program

2013-05-30T00:00:00Z 'World Religions' focus of summer programSubmitted by Jerry Gill Church Member Arizona Daily Star

St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church will hold a special Summer Adult Educational Series titled "World Religions: Inside Out."

The series, which will explore religious practices around the world, begins Sunday morning with an introductory session led by Frank Williams.

The first session will focus on the differences among world religions, for as Stephen Prothero, author of "God Is Not One," puts it: "Opening our eyes to religious differences can help us appreciate the unique beauty of each of the great religions."

Williams was the founding pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills some 40 years ago and is now the social services director at Casa de la Luz Hospice. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and his graduate ministerial studies at Boston University.

The goal of the series is to help participants experience various religious traditions by interacting with their practitioners in order to get more of an insider's view of their faiths.

Religions that will be covered include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Kabbalah, Baha'i and Celtic spirituality.

The presentations are free and open to the public and will be in the Church Center at 11 a.m.

St. Francis in the Foothills is at 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road.

For more information, call the church office at 299-9063.

To contribute a story, go to azstarnet.com/foothills online.

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