Spiritual Diversity in San Diego Oct 6 SDSU

Prepare to Be Enlightened in a Full Day Exploration of Religions

Thursday, October 6, 2022
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SDSU Campus and Virtual

Have you heard of Scientology, Unitarian Universalism, and New Thought?  What about Unarius, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Theosophy, and Tenrikyo? 

Imagine in one place on one day, you’ll be able to learn about all of these and other new, alternative, and emerging religions in the first annual international Spiritual Diversity in San Diego conference hosted by San Diego State University’s Department for the Study of Religion.

The conference speakers will explore and discuss other traditions and teachings too, including Rosicrucianism, Hindu, yoga, and guru communities and movements, and the intersections between atheism, race, and new religions in Southern California.

Attendees of the conference will see how aspects of many global religions, like Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, are evident locally in novel ways and in groups in major cities like San Diego, the second largest city in California.

Why You Should Attend

  • Open for everyone
  • Features San Diego
  • Free of charge
  • In-person and virtual

Key Takeaways

  • Discover global events impact on new religions
  • Identify emerging faiths and human values
  • Recognize people’s reasoning for joining new religions
  • Interpret role of new faiths in communities and in cities
  • Explain race, class, and gender influence on new religions
  • Assess criticisms and defenses of alternative spiritualities
  • Compare current theories and methods in new religions studies
  • Describe why spiritual diversity matters

Conference Contact

Dr. Roy Whitaker | [email protected]

This conference is co-sponsored by SDSU Department for the Study of Religion, SDSU Library Special Collections and University Archives, and the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion.