Discovering Religious Diversity

Exploring diverse belief traditions 

Learn about the history, development and contemporary practice of the world’s major religions and ‘isms’. Explore the diverse belief traditions contributing to NZ society.

Terms  4: Selected Topics in Contemporary Practice focus on a comparative examination of the contemporary values and practices of the major world religions, and involve a critical exploration of lifecycle rituals and beliefs, from birth to death, food and clothing preferences, festivals and other activities associated with what religions do. Each session focuses on a different theme or topic, and discusses the various ways the world’s main religions approach that particular topic. Structuring discussions in this way allows us to focus on the similarities between the major world religions rather than on any perceived differences.

Topics :  Week 1: Sacred Music;  Week 2: Rites of Passage: Birth and Coming of Age Ceremonies;  Week 3: Rites of Passage: Marriage;  Week 4: Asceticism and Renunciation;  Week 5: Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimage;  Week 6: Ethical Ideologies in Secular Society: Non-Religious Ways of Being;  Week 7: Going Beyond: Esoteric Traditions & Mystical Experiences;  and Week 8: Rites of Passage: Death and Bereavement.

When: Classes meet on Friday evenings  from 6:00-8:00pm.

Where: St George’s Anglican Church complex, 1 Church Street, Gate Pa, (corner of Cameron Road and Church Street), Tauranga, 

Dates: 15th Oct to 14th Dec 2018 (Note:  no class on Friday 16th November).

Cost: Waged: $80 per term course cost. Unwaged/Students/Seniors: $65 per term.

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This lecture series is organized by the Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand



All classes are taught by Dr Todd Nachowitz. Todd is a part-time lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato where he teaches  introductory courses on Comparative Religion, and additional courses in religious studies (e.g. Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism and Terrorism; Religion in Secular Society; and Islam). He is also the Centre Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Waikato Interfaith Council. Todd has lived and worked in the United States, India, Pakistan and Nepal and is a specialist in comparative world religions, and the history, religions, languages and cultures of South Asia. His full bio can be viewed at <>.