EXTERNAL COURSES
In India

On a regular basis, seminaries, colleges and institutions request HMI to provide instruction in Islamic Studies as part of their courses. St. Charles Seminary (Nagpur), Satyodayam (Hyderabad), Kripalaya (Mysore), Ishvani Kendra (Pune), Franciscan Institute of Spirituality (Bangalore), Folklore Resources Research Centre (Kerala), St. Joseph’s Seminary (Mangalore), Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, are some of the institutions that have availed themselves of this opportunity in the recent past.

Overseas

Over the years, HMI has built up strong academic relations with institutions abroad as well. With regular requests being received to offer lectures or conduct introductory or specialised courses in Islamic Studies, Interfaith Relations and other, HMI faculty members have provided instruction on specified topics. These institutions include Crowther Hall – Church Mission Society, Church of Scotland, Luther Seminary, Church of Sweden Mission, Lund University, and Middle Eastern Council of Churches.

HMI, as the only research institution of its kind in Asia, is exploring ways to make its research facilities and faculty expertise more readily available to seminaries and colleges in Asia and Africa. To do so, HMI plans to develop and advertise more extensively additional specialised courses in major religions, Islam, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation that HMI can hold at seminaries, colleges and universities in India and overseas.

Academic Extension Programmes offered for the year 2017

1. Interfaith Action Programmes

1.1 The Summer Course on Islam and Interfaith Relations — a long-standing annual programme of HMI — is an intensive two-week residential course. It provides an in-depth understanding of religion is essential to defining points of similarity and pluralism in society. This course will assist students in establishing a critical and contextualized understandings of religion, introduce different methods for understanding religion and models for religious engagement, and develop their ability to challenge normative assumptions about religion.

The course covers: Interfaith Relation; Islam; Languages (Arabic/ Urdu/ Sanskrit)

• Duration of the course: 1-12 May 2017
• Eligibility: Bachelor degree from any university; Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity and Masters of Theology
• Last date for submission of application form: 10 April 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

1.2  Explore–Experience–Evolve Towards Oneness ~ 8th – 13th August 2017

The purpose of interfaith dialogue is to increase our understanding and respect for other religious systems and institutions, thereby increasing our appreciation for their values. Dialogue should enhance our sensitivity to the feelings of all religious people professing their relationship with God. Good dialogue should, in addition, result in the deepening of the faith of every religion.

All our needs are basically three-fold: Business, Social, and Spiritual. We all want to basically fulfil our survivalist, social and spiritual needs. We all act and interact with one another in some way and try to make this world a better and beautiful place to live. We are all a World Wide Web of so many relationships. Can this whole world be just one cosmic family? This is a fundamental question in the context of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam “one world one family”. At this point in time this could only be an imagination and hope. This seems and appears to be a distant possibility and a great challenge. At this time, Henry Martyn Institute, with its long experience of interfaith engagements, since last few decades, today HMI with a real quest, have to another level in organizing a seminar on “Explore – Experience –Evolve towards Oneness” from 7th – 11th August 2017 for different religious leaders. The participants of the seminar will be maximum 5 religious leaders representing each religion. As we all know that the role of a religious leader has always been pivotal in building a peaceful bridge between different communities. Religious leaders are best known as the torch bearers of faith community. And these people have the potential to influence people in a wider context to bring unity and a peaceful coexistence among intra and inter religions. They function as the mediators in the midst of different conflict situations. They play a key role in educating people in reconciling misunderstanding, prejudices and for healthy relationship among the adherent through different forms of interfaith encounters. So today, to lay the common groundwork for peaceful society and to promote nation building, there is in need of religious leaders who effectively contribute through their sense of oneness.

Objectives

  • Raise awareness about the relevance and the growing need for interfaith dialogue.
  • Redefine Otherness and our relation to this ‘Other’ in a dialogical way by providing the leaders with a broader picture of other faith traditions.
  • Contextualise scriptures in the light of social issues and interfaith dialogue.
  • Providing the common ground to find out required tools to address societal issues.

 

Methodology

This seminar, opened to religious leaders of different faith. Each day there will be a detailed study of one religion. The day starts with contextual scriptural reading followed by exposure visit to a religious place and reflections on the overall objective of the program.

  • Contextual Scriptural Reading: Reading and expounding the scriptures. Contextual understanding of the scripture in its implication of various social and environmental issues.
  • Exposure Visits: Practical experience of visiting different religious worship places which will provide opportunity for an understanding about other faiths.
  • Group Reflections: This activity will give the opportunity to the leaders to personally reflect on the different experiences which will encourage the leaders to find various required tools to incorporate in their respective religious practices.
  • Keerthan/Bhajan/Naat Khawan/poetry: In the evening HMI will arrange Keerthan/Bhajan/Naat Khawan/poetry from different religious practices which are  aimed at allowing people to spend time together in order to create long lasting relationships and exchanging spiritual talks with each other  irrespective of their religious affiliations.

Expected Outcome

  • To explore with religious leaders of the seminar the way forward to expand the interfaith engagements and dialogues in their respective religious institutions.
  • To identify the potential leaders by the participants and ensure that they equip the capacities of interfaith awareness to further organize interfaith programs with or without HMI’s collaboration.
  • To expand and reach out to various religious/faith based organizations/institutions about interfaith work of HMI locally, nationally and internationally.

• Duration of the course: 8-13 August 2017
• Who can participate: Religious leader of any faith or leaders who are engaged in interfaith work
• Last date for submission of application form: 15 July 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

1.3 “Interfaith Awareness Week: Explore – Experience – Evolve”— is an intensive two weeks international programme. It provides Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your context.

The course covers: session on spiritual integration and presentations, group discussions and practical dialogue sessions, Experiencing the religious practices and visits to local religious places

• Duration of the course: 23 – 27 October2017
• Eligibility: Pastors and Theologians across the world
• Last date for submission of application form: 10 April 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

2. Tailor Made Programmes:

HMI organizes tailor made National and International programmes with or without collaboration of partnering organizations or other likeminded organizations/seminaries/universes/colleges/NGOs will be conducted throughout the year, the programmes like:

• Interfaith Exposures to Pastors/Church members/Seminaries/Theologians
• Annual Pastoral Workshop on Religion, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation
• Exposure Programme for Seminary Students
• Research Opportunities on Islam and Muslims
• Dialogue, peace and communal harmony
• Religion and Peace-building
• Translation Project and publication
• Women Empowerment programmes