Learn to pursue knowledge and advance the conversation with civility to serve others in a non-partisan and non-denominational way.

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Popular Religious Studies Texts for students and parents:

  • Stephen Prothero, God Is Not One
  • Elaine Pagels, Revelations
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step
  • Ian Barbour, When Science Meets Religion
  • Robert Bellah, “Civil Religion in America,”
  • Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
  • Michael Fishbane, Judaism
  • David Carrasco, Religions of Mesoamerica
  • Michael Sells, Approaching the Qur’an
  • Rudolf Otto, Idea of the Holy
  • PBS, Jonestown, DVD
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Homer, The Odyssey

Coming-of-Age Stories (bildungsroman) for young adults:
Journey from home, identify a mentor, overcome obstacles, learn to respect the internal diversity and richness within your own ethnic and faith traditions so that it is safe to learn from and help others, return home a leader, share your new knowledge by adding truth and beauty in the world to reduce suffering and despair.

  • Elie Wiesel, Night
  • Mary Crow Dog, Lakota Woman
  • Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima
  • Chaim Potok, The Chosen
  • Malcolm X, Autobiography
  • Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger