What is a Survey? to query (someone) in order to collect data for the analysis of some aspect of a group or area to view or consider comprehensively
What is a religion? The service and worship of God or the supernatural? A commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance? A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices? A belief system that answers the unanswerable questions?
Classification of Religions Church: a type of religious organization that is well integrated into the larger society – Denomination: a church, independent of the state, that recognizes religious pluralism Sect: a type of religious organization that stands apart from the larger society – Sometimes a spin-off from a church Cult: a religious organization that is largely outside a society’s cultural traditions – Forms around charismatic leaders
Non-Abrahamic Religions Indian Religions: Hinduism, Janism, Buddhism East Asian Religions: Taoism, Confucianism African Diasporic Religions Tribal Religions New Religious movements
Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam -Visitors from Islam, Baha’i faiths
Catholics and Protestants Explore our similarities while we celebrate our differences
A PRAYER FOR THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING Lord Jesus Christ, grant me the gift of understanding. Help me to understand the feelings of others, the desires of others, the goals of others. At the same time, help me to understand myself in my actions and reactions. Widen my vision beyond my own small world to embrace with knowledge and love the worlds of others. Help me, Lord, to always see you at work in my own life and in the lives of others. Bless me with insight, acceptance and love that is tempered by you who are all things to all men. Help me to understand, Lord. Amen.