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Institute for Teaching World Religions
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Join world religion teachers from around North America for three days of study, discussion and inspiration!

6/25/2018 to 6/28/2018
When: June 25-28, 2018
Start: Monday, June 25, 4pm; End: Thursday, June 28, 11:00am
Where: The Northwest School
1415 Summit Ave
Seattle, Washington  98122
United States

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CSEE Member Schools

Including Meals and Accommodations:
Early Bird: $750
After March 30: $850 

Day-Only Attendees (includes all meals):
Early Bird: $650
After March 30: $700


Including Meals and Accommodations:
Early Bird: $1000 
After March 30: $1100 

Day-Only Attendees (includes all meals):
Early Bird: $850
After March 30: $900



Join world religion teachers from around North America for three days of study, discussion and inspiration! 

Knowledge of the world's religious traditions is vitally important for communication and understanding in our current world. CSEE's institute brings together university scholars and world religion teachers for study, discussion, activity sharing and camaraderie. Participants will leave with new knowledge, new ideas for the classroom, helpful resources and enduring contacts. Sessions will also include ways to incorporate the learned material into the classroom setting.

Key Presenters:


Ali Mian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ali Altaf Mian completed his Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Duke University in 2015. He is currently an assistant professor of religious studies at Seattle University. His two forthcoming books are: Muslims in South Asia and Surviving Modernity: Ashraf 'Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) and the Politics of Muslim Orthodoxy in Colonial India.


About the Presentation

Teaching Islam 

This 4-part series will consist of "Islam: The Basic," "Teaching Scripture and Mysticism," "Gender and Sexuality in Islam," and "Islam in America." Each session will furnish participants with academic perspectives as well as teaching resources. 



Daniel Castelo, Ph.D.

Daniel Castelo, Ph.D., is Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary. The author and editor of several books, his latest is Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition (Eerdmans), which has recently been translated into Spanish.


About the Presentation

Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity has been narrated in many different ways since it rose to popularity in this country in the early 20th century. One unpopular way to narrate this tradition is to speak of it as a mystical tradition of Christianity; however, once one does this, new avenues of exploration and understanding become available. These possibilities help students of this tradition to appreciate it better as well as to locate it within an expression of religiosity that on some level is not that unusual at all.


Brian Blackmore - Westtown School, PA

Secondary School World Religions Teacher Brian Blackmore returns to the Institute this year, leading popular discussions on how to apply learned Institute material to the classroom setting.



“The content was incredible... The quality of presenters—and participants—made for an exceptional learning experience. Thank you!” - past participant

“The people are always the most amazing part—the participants and the presenters alike. I feel like I’m coming home to ‘my people’ when I come to this conference.” - two time attendee 



Monday June, 25th

4pm - Overnight Guests are welcome to check-in from 4-6pm
6pm - Opening Dinner
7pm - Welcome from CSEE, Participant Introductions, and Information Session about the Institute
8pm - "Why Teach About World Religions and How to Do It Well?" - Brian Blackmore

Tuesday June 26th

8am - Breakfast
9am - Frameworks: Historical, Literary, Thematic, and Cultural Studies Approaches to Designing a Syllabus -  Group Discussion facilitated by Brian Blackmore
10am-12pm - "Christian Mysticism" - Dr. Castelo
12pm - Lunch
1pm-2pm - "
Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition" - Dr. Castelo
2:30pm-4pm - Resources: Textbooks, Primary and Secondary Sources, Films, and Case Studies - Group Discussion facilitated by Brian Blackmore

6pm - Dinner


Wednesday June 27th

8am - Breakfast
9am-12pm - "Islam: The Basics" & "Teaching Scripture and Mysticism" - Dr. Mian
12pm - Lunch
1pm-4pm - "Gender and Sexuality in Islam" & "Islam in America" - Dr. Mian

Note: Dinner will not be provided this evening so that participants may have an evening meal at a restaurant of their choice.


Thursday June 28th

8am - Breakfast
9am-11am - Project Based Learning & Assessments - Group Discussion facilitated by Brian Blackmore
Evaluations and Closing Remarks


Travel / Accommodations


SEA-TAC airport is located 14 miles south of The Northwest School.


Participants will have single rooms in the Northwest School dormitory. Linens will be provided, and meals served on site. 

The Area

The Northwest School is located in the heart of Seattle, Washington:

  • one mile from the famous Pike's Street Market
  • 1.5 miles from the iconic Space Needle and beautiful Chihuly Glass Garden
  • surrounded by great restaurants, bookstores, and - of course - coffee shops!

Seattle is also the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands, for those who wish to stay a few extra days to explore the natural beauty of the region.


 Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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