Readings With Wesleyan to Bring Free Education to Area Residents in June
“World Religions 101: A Quick Look at Religions around the World and in Hampton Roads” will be the summer 2015 theme of Readings With Wesleyan—a neighborhood program offered by Virginia Wesleyan College that brings free college-level teaching to residents of Virginia Beach’s Lake Edward area. The discussions will take place Thursdays throughout June and will be led by Dr. Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Block Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Topics include: “Torah, Torah, Torah: Judaism through Exodus and the Ten Commandments” (June 4); Christianity through the Lens of the Sermon on the Mount (June 11); Five Pillars and Submission: Islam through Suras 1, 3, and 112 (June 18); and Children of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, The Bhagavad Gita, and Koans (June 25). Readings With Wesleyan was launched in July 2014 and is sponsored by VWC’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). It is modeled after the Clemente Course in the Humanities, an educational institution founded in 1995 by author and educator Earl Shoriss to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in underserved communities. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and more. All discussions are open to the public and take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church (815 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach). For more information, please contact VWC Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling at 757.455.3216.