Laurel Macaulay Jordan, ’79, has degrees from Middlebury College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Notre Dame. She has been the Chaplain of the College since 1996.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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RELI 0190 - Intro to Religious Ethics
Ethics and Abrahamic Religion ET, WT
Ethics is the study of the values and convictions by which individuals and communities determine what is right, wrong, good, and bad. For many, religion is a lens through which to understand those moral values. In this course we will explore the varied contributions that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have made to debates over issues like violence, sex, the environment, human rights, and social justice. In the process of understanding these traditions and their impact on global moral discourse, students also will develop skills in ethical reasoning through class discussion and from the perspective of their own worldviews. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.
RELI 1071 - Voices of Nonviolence
Voices of Nonviolence
We begin this course with an overview of the teachings of various world religions relating to the theme of nonviolence. We then proceed to examine the religious inspiration, activism, and writings of Tolstoy, Gandhi, Ghaffar Khan, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chavez, and Thich Nhat Hanh. We will test the adequacy of nonviolence as a response to conflict by exploring themes such as the humanity of the opponent, the challenge of despair and cynicism in the face of great obstacles, the place of spiritual practices in individual and community life, and the value (or problem) of redemptive suffering. This course counts as elective credit towards the Religion major. (Students who have taken INTD 1071 will not be eligible to register).
Winter 2011, Winter 2012