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Human Relations Toolkit

Religious Awareness

Religious Awareness

Religious Accommodation Training Templates

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Practices Within the Military Services: Powerpoint

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Religious Awareness

Religious Perspectives

Buddhism follows the teaching of the Lord Gautama Buddha, born Siddhartha, an Indian prince who lived circa 560-480 BCE.

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Introduction to Buddhism

Mr. Andrei Adaryukov

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Mr. Andrei Adaryukov

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What are some misunderstood or controversial practices within your religion?

Mr. Andrei Adaryukov

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Mr. Andrei Adaryukov

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Does it offend you when someone wishes you a "Merry Christmas?"

Mr. Andrei Adaryukov

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Historically, Christianity can be considered and broken down into three main branches consisting of Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, as, respectively, within and outside the "mystical body" of the Church. However, the gradual movement toward ecumenism since the mid-20th century, particularly between the Roman Catholic and major Protestant Churches, has led theologians and popes to search for a more inclusive understanding of membership in the mystical body of Jesus Christ.

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Roman Catholicism

Introduction to Roman Catholicism

Deacon Michael McElwee

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Deacon Michael McElwee

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What are some misunderstood or controversial practices within your religion?

Deacon Michael McElwee

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Deacon Michael McElwee

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Despite modern changes, why is there inequality when it comes to women in the Catholic Church?

Deacon Michael McElwee

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Protestantism-Baptist

Introduction to Protestantism-Baptist

Chaplain (Capt) Jason Gunnels

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Chaplain (Capt) Jason Gunnels

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Protestantism-Pentecostal

Introduction to Protestantism-Pentecostal

Chaplain (LtCol) Calvin Dixon

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Chaplain (LtCol) Calvin Dixon

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Hinduism is a religion that originated and developed in India over the last 3000-3500 years. Hinduism is today practiced by the majority in India. It is the third largest world religion.

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Introduction to Hinduism

Dr. Minal Desai

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Dr. Minal Desai

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Dr. Minal Desai

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Does it offend you when someone wishes you a "Merry Christmas?"

Dr. Minal Desai

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The Prophet Mohammad, born in Mecca, in what we now know as Saudi Arabia in about 570 CE, received the Book of Allah, the Qur'an, through divine revelation beginning in 610 CE. Over a period of 23 years, the Qur'an was completed and defined the faith of Islam, which is today one of the major religions of the world. Mohammad died in 632 CE.

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Introduction to Islam

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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What are some misunderstood or controversial practices within your religion?

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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What are the quotes in the Qur'an that are often misquoted or misunderstood?

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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How does the belief the Bible is truly inspired by God conflict with the Qur'an? What is the Muslim perspective on the Trinity?

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

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Jews trace the history of their faith back to the beginning of time and the creation of the world and humanity. The Torah, the sacred scripture of Judaism, begins with the Book of Genesis, telling of G-d's creation of the world and of humanity.

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Introduction to Judaism

Rabbi Richard Margolis

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Rabbi Richard Margolis

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What are some misunderstood or controversial practices within your religion?

Rabbi Richard Margolis

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Rabbi Richard Margolis

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Does it offend you when someone wishes you a "Merry Christmas?"

Rabbi Richard Margolis

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Most followers of Wiccan believe in a single ultimate reality that pervades the universe and is expressed in the Goddess and God. Most Wicca traditions worship the two deities as equals where none deserves more importance than the other. An attempt is usually made to reflect this balance in the coven, although men tend to be a minority in the Wiccan religion.

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Introduction to Wicca

Ms. Linda Doherty

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What is the common thread between the different faiths?

Ms. Linda Doherty

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What are some misunderstood or controversial practices within your religion?

Ms. Linda Doherty

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Is there a mandate in your faith to share your faith in order to win converts?

Ms. Linda Doherty

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Does it offend you when someone wishes you a "Merry Christmas?"

Ms. Linda Doherty

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The following individual religious awareness perspectives videos are provided by practicing members from various religious groups. They are intended to orient viewers to basic religious aspects/beliefs and raise awareness of the referenced group for the purpose of better understanding the religious practices of others. These individual perspectives should not be interpreted as official or final religious doctrine or as the official views of, or endorsed by, the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
Religious Awareness

Interfaith Calendar

Interfaith Calendar

Primary sacred times for world religions.