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<h3>Valley of the Gods: Religious Encounters in the Bay Area</h3>
On a daily basis we encounter the effects of the globalization that has made Silicon Valley a richly diverse community -- in newspaper headlines, grocery store isles, languages at the mall, exotic food and garb on the street, and in the diversity of religious life. These encounters, especially in religion, are terra incognita for most of us: who—or what—does your neighbor worship? Believe? And you, how do you decide what to believe when so many choices are at hand? How are Silicon Valley inhabitants dealing with this diversity? The isolation and the relations forged-that is the theme of this series. Reflecting the ambitions and work of Santa Clara’s Local Religion Project, this lecture series will explores issues like:
In the course of 10 weeks SCU faculty and community leaders will explore these issues in an effort to add to a dialogue on religious and cultural diversity in the life of the Valley.
For each lecture a community leader—from faith communities, organizations, the media—will a perspective on religion in the Valley. Each lecture will be framed and moderated by a faculty member from SCU and will typically include a presentation, interaction with the faculty, and questions from the audience.
SCU students, faculty and staff; higher education institutions in the region; leaders of local faith communities and organizations; and the public at large.
Philip Boo Riley, Local Religion Project, RS Dept, SCU (firstname.lastname@example.org; 408-554-2199)