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Community ed class will cover world religions

Farmington has a more diverse religious community than the casual observer might realize. There are Lutherans and Catholics and Baptists, of course, but there are also a few options you might not expect to find.

Drive east on Highway 50 and you can find a Buddhist temple, complete with resident monks. Walk through downtown and you could come across a Hindu community.

That diversity is part of the reason Barb Pierce liked the idea of a series of classes focusing on religions of the world. Pierce, adult and community programs coordinator for Farmington Community Education, thought it would be a good idea to help people understand why people of different religious backgrounds believe the things they believe.

That's why community ed will offer a series of adult enrichment classes starting next week to introduce people to the world's major religions.

"With so many divisions in our society today, I think if people knew more about other groups like other religions, there would be easier interactions and more community," Pierce said. "It just makes you more comfortable when you meet them if you know a little more about their culture."

The first three classes will take place monthly from September through November, and the series will resume in the winter.

Matthew Grove, who teaches history and comparative religion at Farmington High School, will teach the classes.

The first class in the series will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Farmington High School. It will offer an overview of world religions. The second class on Oct. 10 will focus on Hinduism and the third, scheduled for Nov. 14, will focus on Buddhism.

The series will resume in the winter with sessions on Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.

The classes are meant to stand on their own. It's not necessary to attend all six.

Each class costs $14. For more information visit

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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