Exploration of the differences between "folk" and "world" religions. Anthropological methods for understanding folk practices on their own terms and in relationship to other practices/perspectives is also covered.
This course equips students to understand folk culture on its own terms. As part of this process they will learn the contrast between "folk" and "world" religions that lead many to overlook the dynamics of folk practices.
Generallly, the topic of folk religions is covered as a topical course with examples and case studies. The goal of this course is to have students both seek out folk practices that they can personally observe and to critically consider folk aspects of their own cultural background.
Jesus wandered among the people and ministered to them. He saw their hurts, concerns, infirmities, and dreams. In the same way, we are called to live among the people and grow to understand them.
Wherever we live and work, we are called to live with people in an understanding way. This involves working to understand how they face life's daily challenges.
Students will explore folk practices and beliefs in the cultural context. In particular, they will explore how systems and societal frames interface and are negotiated.
As students consider folk practices in another cultural context, they will also be analyzing folk beliefs in their own culture. Ways of relating to the practices will also be explored.
As part of the course, students will write about how they can continue to use skills from the course in their lives and ministry regardless of the context.
Insights will be gained not only from readings and case studies, but also as students locate opportunities for observation of such practices.