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World Wisdom Traditions

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

An understanding of the world’s major religions is important in understanding the diverse culture in which we live today.  

Join us in exploring the essential wisdom of each major world religion, using Huston Smith’s beautifully-illustrated World’s Religions:  A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions.  This eight-week course will provide a small group setting in which we can look at the evolution of religion and spiritual understanding alongside the evolution of humankind.

We will begin with earliest known spiritual practices, native beliefs and practices, and journey through the major world religions originating in India (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism), China (Taoism, Confucianism), Tibet (Bon, Tibetan Buddhism), Japan (Zen Buddhism), and the Middle East (Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Ba’hai), ending with current trends and projected world religious landscape in the coming decades.  

Jan Hatcher-Conquest has taught Religious Studies at VCU for more than 10 years, including classes in World Religions, Human Spirituality, Eastern Traditions, and Zen Buddhism. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in World Religions, and has completed post-graduate seminary studies in Religion and Theological Studies. Her community involvement includes Capitol Region Collaborative’s Quality of Life Advisory Group, GroundworkRVA, Mayor’s Bike Month Task Force, and Bike/WalkRVA. Jan has served as Executive Director and Advancement Officer for several local nonprofits. Jan serves on the Board of Chrysalis, and is a member of the Programs, Advancement, and Strategic Planning committees.

Dates & Times
Fridays, September 21 - November 16 (NO CLASS OCTOBER 26)

$150 for Chrysalis members

Membership is only $50/year. Become a member today!

Later Event: September 26
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