Report on Religious Field Research

Write a 5–7 page paper(1000–1250 words) about your religious field research into an “unfamiliar”religious tradition.You are to pick one (1) of the religions studied(with which you are not very familiar) and do one of these three (3) things:Attend a religious service, orVisit a religious education center and interview a member of that faith, orAttend a “virtual religious service” and complete additional research (for a list of services, see Appendix A)The paper will address the followingpoints:Discuss any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched.Analyze how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter.Discuss whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explain why or why not.Recommend at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own.Keep thepoints to be covered in your paper in mind during your religious field researchto help guide your encounter. The purpose of your field research (whether actualor virtual) is to test your own assumptions about this religion.Payattention to what is important to people inside the religion, what they do, whatthey profess, how they act, what they value, what they talk about, and what theytell you about their religion. The easiest way to understand what is importantto someone else is let them tell you about their faith, their traditions, andtheir religious practices. The most important thing to do is to keep an openmind and listen. No matter which of the three routes you take for your fieldresearch, you will be looking for the same information.A note about attending religious services in person: Please keep in mind that if you choose to attend a religiousservice in person, you are a guest and should be as respectful as humanlypossible. While you may be attending the service from the perspective of anobjective (and hopefully inquisitive) observer, most of the other people will beattending the service as part of their religious practices. Please do thefollowing before you go:Call the place you wish to attend and ask if it is okay to attend as an observerAsk if someone could (or should) act as a host when you attendAsk if anyone would be willing to speak with you after the service to explain what happened and to answer a few questions about the basics of the religionThe format of the paper is to be as follows:Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format.In-text citations and a References page following APA Style, even if the only source you are using is the textbook. Any other sources must be documented using in-text citations and included on the References page.In addition to the five to seven (5-7) pages required, a title page is to be included. The title page is to contain the title of the a

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