Teaching About Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in Secular Studies Classes

Teaching About Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in Secular Studies Classes

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 1:00 PM Central | 60 Minutes

$247 per connection through 06/28/18, $297 thereafter

Religion, faith, spirituality, and worldview factor heavily into personal identity, diversity, life experiences, values, and decision-making processes—all things that a lot of students are developing or coming to terms with as they maneuver through their college education.

The prospect of addressing the personal and potentially volatile topics of religion and faith in courses can seem daunting for teachers whose scholarship falls outside these areas. But these are important subjects that, when discussed carefully and objectively in secular studies classes, can help open up a larger conversation about diversity, privilege, and oppression.

Register today for the Magna Online Seminar, Teaching About Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in Secular Studies Classes, presented by Miriam Rosalyn Diamond, PhD. You’ll gain a fuller understanding of the means of discussing religion and spirituality in classes regardless of your own beliefs and practices, and explore rationales for including these among course topics, resources for supporting instruction, and tools for responding to challenges in teaching about these vital yet heated subjects.


This seminar will prepare you to address the needs of a diverse student body and explore options for responding to classroom dynamics around the subjects of religion and spirituality.


  • Determine educational imperatives for addressing religion and faith in secular studies courses
  • Identify resources of credible scholarly content to facilitate discussions about religious topics
  • Create classroom environments that promote academic discussions of faith as a form of personal identity, diversity, belief, motivation, culture-community, privilege, and oppression
  • Begin to generate lesson plans on these subjects


  • The intersection of religion with disciplines across the academy and current world events
  • Benefits of student religious literacy
  • Student perspectives on including faith in the context of secular studies classes
  • Ways of addressing common faculty concerns regarding discussing faith in secular studies classes
  • Resources available for supporting faculty who are addressing faith in courses outside religious studies
  • Sample lesson plan formats that incorporate religious identity and diversity, beliefs, and faith-based practices into other subjects
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging classroom dynamics that may arise in teaching faith-based subjects


This seminar will benefit instructors, department chairs, service-learning coordinators, residence life coordinators, resident assistants, and faculty developers.


By identifying resources, considering a variety of lesson ideas, and exploring options for responding to classroom dynamics around the topics of religion, faith, spirituality, and worldview, you’ll come away better prepared to discuss these sensitive subjects in secular studies courses, while also cultivating a larger conversation about inclusivity and diversity. Register for this topical seminar today!

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • A single connection to the live seminar (one connection per purchased registration)
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • On-demand access for 1-year after the seminar airs on 07/12/18
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the live seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available. Additional connections for other locations or branch campuses can be purchased for $100 per additional connection. Contact Magna Customer Service at 800-433-0499 to add additional connections for the rebroadcasted seminar.


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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

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