Spiritual Paths and Practices Among the Worlds Religions
January 15, 2004, 9:30 - 4:30
Spirituality that liberates individuals and societies can be
found in every tradition, even the ones currently dominated by
fundamentalist tendencies and attitudes. In this course Dr.
George Williams will take the class on an exploration of a
variety of World Religious Traditions through the use of
multimedia and classroom discussion.
contact Rali Weaver
to register for the
course or for additional information. Cost is $50.
George M. Williams
M. Williams was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in
1972, specializing in religion in modern India.
Williams taught one year at Newton College of the Sacred
Heart, Boston, before going to California State University,
Chico, in the fall of 1972, joining their newly formed
Department of Religious Studies.
His major interest for the past two decades has been in
religions that liberate and in liberal religion. This interest
has been furthered in the International Association for
Religious Freedom [IARF] and has led to two honorary doctorates:
in May 1994 Starr King School for the Ministry awarded Prof.
Williams with the Litterarum Humanarum Doctor and in October,
1996, Williams was presented the award of Doctor Honoris Causa
from the United Protestant Seminary of Cluj [Kolozsvar],
A specialist on Svāmī Vivekānanda and the Hindu Renaissance,
Williams helped found the section on Hinduism in the American
Academy of Religion. He also served on the Electronic Publishing
Committee of the academy and was its projects director for a
number of years.
In both 1997 and 1998 Williams held the Shree Muherjee Chair
at National Institute of Advanced Studies, National Science
Campus, Bangalore, India. While there he worked on projects
involving preservation, digital archiving, translation and
preparation of a comprehensive database of the Bhagavad Gita and
other sacred texts.
In 1998 he held workshops for archivists and librarians from
all over India on use of the internet for research and
publication, CD ROM publication, and digital archiving. In 2001
Williams completed a two year project: the digitizing and
archiving of the works of Raja Rammohan Roy, the great reformer
of Hinduism and the founder of the Brahmo Samaj.
In 2002 he finished a five year work, Handbook of Hindu
Mythology. In 2004 he finished a monograph on Shinto.
His work with Buddhist and Shinto groups in Japan has taken
him there 26 times. Some of the results include three videos on
aspects of Buddhism and seven on Shinto. Williams was fortunate
enough to know personally and work with some of the major
religious leaders of 20th Century Japan, including Dr.
Shinichiro Imaoka, President-founder Nikkyo Niwano of Rissho
Kosei-kai, Rev. Dr. Yukitaka Yamamoto, and too many more to
He is currently working on a dual study of comparative
spirituality from ideal and from highly critical perspectives.