The Seminary Saturdays program at Drew offers churches and individuals the opportunity to gain perspectives beyond the local church. Each Saturday morning session will offer one workshop on a spiritual topic and one on a theological topic. The workshops for this session are as follows:
Religion, Violence, and Peace-making
S. Wesley Ariarajah, Professor of Ecumenical Theology
Do religious traditions contribute to the rise of violence in societies? Are some religions more likely to instigate violence than others, and if so, why? What is the role of religions in militancy and terrorism? These have become important questions especially because religions in our day has entered the public square and play an important role in social, ethical and political debates. This seminar seeks to examine these issues by looking at the nature and purpose of religious traditions and the role they had played in shaping the life of societies in the past and in our day. It would also ask the important question whether religions have the potential for peace-making and could be called upon to intervene in situations of conflict and violence. The seminar will be based on case studies of places where religions are believed to have played significant roles in either fermenting conflict or in bring about peace and reconciliation.
Speaking About Faith: How to Create and Deliver Inspiring Spiritual Presentations
Diane Carr, Adjunct Instructor of Pastoral Theology
Encountering Christ has transformed your life, and you now feel compelled to share that faith with others! “Speaking about Faith” will help you develop key skills that are essential to creatively designing and authentically delivering an inspirational spiritual presentation that witnesses to the power of God’s love in Christ. In this interactive workshop you will learn how to:
- Hone your topic to meet the needs of your audience.
- Identify key messages that will resonate with your audience.
- The secrets to crafting an inspirational spiritual presentation.
- How to incorporate your witness of faith and the power of stories.
- Essential presentation skills you must master to deeply connect with listeners.
Participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in creating and delivering your own inspirational spiritual presentation during the morning workshop!
For more information about Seminary Saturdays, contact Nancy VanderVeen, Director of Lifelong Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 973-408-3084. Also, see website: