Religions of the World


Religions of the World:
Five Major Traditions and What They Believe

This class takes a passionate and pluralistic look at the major world religions. You will learn about the spiritual path, practices, beliefs and traditions of five religious faiths – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. We will examine and discuss the distinct human problem that each religion seeks to solve, how each faith has influenced the world, how it has changed over time and how it is practiced in the world today.

Suggested reading: Stephen Prothero’s acclaimed best-seller, God is Not One.

Section One: Hinduism
Section Two: Judaism
Section Three: Buddhism
Section Four: Christianity
Section Five: Islam



  • Handouts and downloads including comprehensive maps and timelines of each religion’s origins
  • Deeper understanding of the world’s major religions and faith traditions
  • A better grasp of sacred texts, traditions and customs
  • A vision of religious life in other cultures
  • A safe and open environment where asking questions is encouraged
  • Connection with people who love learning about what other people believe



What People Are Saying About This Class

“I am so glad I attended the Religions of the World class. By the end of the series some [people] released old prejudices. I told family and friends about this class and if it is offered again I plan to bring my Mom and anyone else who will listen. Because of this class I am much more accepting of other spiritual and religious beliefs than I have ever been before. Thank you, Joran. I look forward to the next series.”

– Angela M.

“We encounter people frequently that have a one-sided or warped view of what religion represents. All would benefit from taking this class.”

– Brian and Ginger M.


JSO by Kelly Jackson


Joran is an international speaker, author, life coach, interfaith minister, musician and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in media, community-building and events.

Joran is the author of Sentences and The Mountain and The Snow. He is also co-author of Transform Your Life: Expert Advice, Practical Tools and Personal Stories and Integral Church: An Interfaith Handbook of Ceremonies and Rituals.

He is the founder of Interfaith Week in St. Petersburg, FL as well as Integral Church — an interfaith organization committed to community service, religious literacy and personal transformative practice. Joran is an ordained minister and holds a certificate in Religious Literacy from Harvard Online. He serves as President of Interfaith Tampa Bay, chaplain emeritus at Unity Spiritual Campus in St. Petersburg, and an Ambassador of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He has shared the stage with Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ken Wilber, Jane Goodall, Dr. Stan Grof, Michael Beckwith, Matthew Fox, Lynne McTaggart, Amy Edelstein, Howard Rheingold, Nate Silver and Gary Vaynerchuck and has spoken about topics ranging from marketing to spirituality at campuses and conferences around the world, including BarcampCreative Pinellas’ Academy; International Academy of Design and Technology; Building the New World Conference in Radford, VA; South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT and Integral European Conference in Siofok, Hungary.



Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, 2017

9-5 p.m. both days (lunch provided)
Metta Center of St. Petersburg
4554 Central Ave. Unit F, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Seating is limited and this retreat is only offered twice a year.