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Bozeman Summer Session

Local Community Learning Initiative

World Religions and the Making of Meaning

July 16–20, 2018   |   Bozeman, MT

Human beings engage in meaning-making in order to understand and describe their world. In this course we will consider the examples of metaphor and narrative and identify influential metaphors and narratives within different religious traditions. We will investigate the ways in which the self, the community, and the world are understood within these different traditions by exploring the dominant metaphors and narratives that appear within them. Finally, we will explore the underlying imaginative process that allows humans to engage in meaning-making using the work of Paul Ricoeur. NOTE: This weeklong LCLI course is free and open to the public. It may also be taken for elective credit in YTI’s Master of Applied Theology program at regular tuition rates.

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Dr. Sarah GallantDr. Sarah Gallant began studying various expressions of religion during her undergraduate studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada. There she wrote an honors thesis on the Cathars of Medieval Southern France and the various modern interpretations of this heretical group. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in 2004, she knew she wanted to continue studying different religions and how they have been understood by different people. She continued her studies at the University of Calgary, where she earned a Masters in Religious Studies in 2007 and a Doctorate in 2013. Her dissertation research focused on the imagination and exemplary religious narratives. She has since made her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she has taught humanities and social science courses at Everett Community College in Washington State since 2015.

2018 Bozeman Summer Session

This class is one of three courses being offered in YTI’s Bozeman Summer Session, along with Creation in the Bible and Theology [July 9-13] and The Garden or the Desert: A Christian Theology of the Environment [July 23-27].


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