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This course introduces the students to the various religious symbols and rituals, as well as ideas about God and gods, salvation, death, evil, human suffering, and myths. This course also explores how religion affects social values, ethics, economics, and politics, as well as the positive impact religions can exert to encourage people to work for justice and the common good (La Salle University catalogue). For this semester, the course is tailored to understanding how religious symbols and sacred spaces are used in immigrant communities in Philadelphia, and how religion functions in the lives of immigrants.

Students were organized into seven groups with five members. They were required to visit a place of worship or meditation place that was organized by immigrants in the Philadelphia area. Based on their visit and interview with members of the community, students had to answer questions grouped under three headings: about the community, about the sacred space (church, temple, place of worship), assessment of the activity.

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Religion Commons