Enrichment Course: Children of Abraham
January 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$130
With Kathy Hoffman, MA, and Toni Vilardi, MTS
Children of Abraham: An Introduction to the Faith and Practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
For some, religion is a private affair: “I know what I believe, and that’s all that matters.” Yet in today’s world, knowing something about what other religions believe and practice can be essential to making sense of the daily news – within our own community and around the globe. If you’ve said, “Someday, I’d like to learn more about …” (name the religion of your choice), then this series is for you!
Learn what the “children of Abraham” share by exploring the religions that claim Abraham as their Father – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This 13-week series reveals what we have in common. You will:
- gain a basic understanding of each religion’s core beliefs and practices
- recognize the influence of history and culture in the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- identify aspects of truth and holiness in each religion that are worthy of respect
- engage in dialogue with fellow students who are Jews, Muslims and Christians
Advance registration is required for this popular class. Every effort will be made to shape the course content around your questions.
Meets on Tuesday evenings from January 18 – April 12, 2022, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ignatius House.
Cost: $130, inclusive of all instructional materials.
Kathy Hoffman, MA, is an educator whose career has spanned traditional classrooms and faith-based settings. Twelve years of teaching World Religions at the high school and undergraduate level inspired her passion for interfaith engagement and education, which gave birth to the “Children of Abraham” course for adult learners in 2016. Kathy earned a B.Ed. degree from the University of Toledo (Ohio), an MA in Theology and Biblical Studies from Spring Hill College (Mobile AL), and completed the Harvard Divinity School series “World Religions Through Their Scriptures”. She has served on the Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and is a member of the Interfaith Speakers Network.
Toni Vilardi, MTS is delighted to be joining her friend, Kathy Hoffman, in teaching the Children of Abraham course. She has been teaching World Religions for the past 19 years at Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S. in Roswell and recently retired in June 2021 from 38 years of teaching. She received her teaching degree from Kent State University and her Master of Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. She is an active member of Transfiguration Catholic Church and has taught the catechists in the Northwest Deanery. Toni is looking forward to helping to guide us toward an appreciation of the interconnectedness of us all and the diverse ways people approach the divine mystery.