GLOBAL ARTS AND WORLD RELIGIONS

Develop Hands-On Tools for Engaging Peoples of Differing Faiths Via the Arts

Today’s pluralistic world is fraught with misunderstanding and conflict, sometimes violent. World religions are often perceived to lie at the root of these problems. How can we learn to understand people from differing faiths and interact sensitively with them on an everyday basis? How might the global arts help us do this? Many world religions engage art, symbol, and ritual—with multisensory constellations of practices that draw on music and dance, architecture, artifacts, color, and images. Such practices impact their adherents both consciously and unconsciously, profoundly shaping religious peoples’ beliefs and lived realities.

The Global Arts and World Religions area of interest offers you opportunities to investigate world religions as they are practiced, reflect on perceptions toward one another, and develop hands-on tools for engagement with peoples of differing faiths via the arts. Cultural and religious studies challenge you to think missiologically and theologically and learn practical ways to minister within local, regional, and global contexts. Courses address such topics as interreligious relations, sustainable peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, witness, and worship through cultural arts, symbols, and rituals—helping you learn to foster understanding and communication between religious peoples in a world crying out for peace and justice.

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STUDENTS TAKE COURSES LIKE THESE

Practice of Worship and Prayer

Music, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue

This course explores the contribution of music and the performing arts in fostering sustainable peacebuilding among Muslims and Christians.

Art, Symbol, and World Religions

Worship in World Religions

Communicating the Gospel Cross-Culturally

FLEXIBLE LOCATIONS AND STUDY OPTIONS

Students can pursue this area of interest at all Fuller campuses or online, enabling them to remain in their ministry and home contexts if they wish.

FACULTY

Roberta King

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION AND ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

Todd Johnson

WILLIAM K. AND DELORES S. BREHM ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WORSHIP, THEOLOGY, AND THE ARTS

Evelyne Reisacher

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ISLAMIC STUDIES AND INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS

Sooi Ling Tan (adjunct)

PROGRAMS

Additional Program Offerings

Already have a master’s degree? Check out Fuller’s PhD in Theology or ThM in Theology with a focus in Global Arts and World Religions.