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Biweekly, Monday 2 – 4, Week 2    


The readings for this workshop will focus on four major themes:

1) the five major religions and current inter-faith dialogues among them;

2) the nature of religious belief;

3) the rise of global inter-religious hatred and violence; and

4) how prominent individual believers translate their religious beliefs into a life well lived.

We will begin the workshop with a discussion of Stephen Prothero’s God is Not One: Eight Rival Religions that Run the World. Some other books that  we will consider include: Karen Armstrong, Fields of Blood: Religion and History of Violence; Barbara Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others; Edgar Bronfman, Why be Jewish? and the Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.

An extensive bibliography will be provided with books available in multiple copies through the Toronto Public Library. Participants will be asked to do a presentation of 20 minutes on all or part of the book of their choice.


Carolyn Murray ( was a librarian at the U. of T. for 30 years. She has an MA in History (1962) and Theology (2008). Carolyn has facilitated workshops in religion, biography, autobiography, Indian fiction and, most recently, travel writing.

Esme McMonagle ( worked as a social worker in the children’s mental health field for many years. She has enjoyed being with the Academy since retirement, pursuing a variety of interests.

Workshop Notes:

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