Comparative Religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam

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Date(s) - 11/02/2020 - 11/23/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Course title: Comparative Religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam

Dates:  Monday, November 2nd:  Suma Elwell (Hinduism): 10AM – noon

         Monday, November 9th:  Jay Woolf (Judaism): 10AM – noon

         Monday, November 16th:  Ahmed Maamoun  (Islam): 11AM – 1:00PM

         Monday, November 23, Erv Teichmiller (Christianity): 10AM – noon

Location: Zoom

Fee: $20

Objective: The purpose of this class is to explore the similarities and differences of four major religions in order to foster a better understanding and tolerance for each.

Session 1: Hinduism. The class will explore

  •   The origins
  •   Key rituals and beliefs
  •   Hindu symbols and its meaning
  •   Holy books
  •   How it compares other major religions

       Instructor: Namaste. I am Suma Elwell.  Originally from India, I came to the US in 1996 to do my second Masters. My passion for the Indian culture and comparative religion has inspired me to do various presentations on the topic in the Madison and Milwaukee area. I currently reside in Madison with my husband Rob, and our teenage son Krishna. Our favorite family activity is to spend time in our Northwoods cabin.

Session 2: Judaism: Topics to be covered in this session include history, identity, language, holidays, the Torah, prophets, the Messiah, comparisons with Christianity, persecution, Israel, Judaism today, and a few other topics.

Instructor: Jay Woolf is 74 years old, father of two sons, and grandfather of five.  I was in the securities industry for about twenty years, mostly as a trader.  In 1995 we moved to Manitowish Waters. After a five year retirement, we started Timber Wolf Lumber in Manitowish Waters,  adding a hardware store three years later.  We moved to Winchester in 2003.  December, 2016, I graduated from Loyola University.

Session 3: Islam

“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. If you add up all the fanatics and terrorists in ISIS, Al-Qeda, etc; by the highest account it is 200,000 people. The stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam are reinforced by a vocal minority that has hijacked the religion to further their political agenda. Knowing what Islam is and what Muslims do promote tolerance and acceptance.”      

Instructor: Ahmed Maamoun, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at UMD and a four-time recipient of the University of Minnestoa’a Certificate for “Outstanding Teaching and dedication to Helping Students Learn. He received his PhD in Business Administration, at California Coast University (1999) and Master of Public Administration, American University in Cairo (1994).I am fortunate to have been published in the Journal of Business Case Studies, the Journal of Business and Economics Research, Ivey Publishing, Global Journal for Business Pedagogy, Case Research Journal, Business Studies Journal, and SAGE Business Cases”.


Session 4: Christianity. Course topics include Messianic Roots, Who Is Jesus, Role of Disciples, influence of Paul, Basic Theology, Biblical Canon, Divisions and Reforms, Faith and Society.

Instructor Reverend Erv Teichmiller is a graduate of U of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Garrett Theological Seminary-Evanston. He served United Methodist Churches in Pickett and Rosendale, Kenosha, Minocqua and Mercer. He is married, has three sons and seven grandchildren. He also has training in Pastoral Counseling and is the director of two mental health clinics, organized three businesses, served on two School Boards and Vilas County Board, and is a member of Rotary.


This event is fully booked.