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The "Religion" of Success


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The seductive world of motivational speakers, self-improvement programs, and personal development coaching comprises a $15 billion for-profit enterprise that is growing by more than 15% every year.

What is not well-known is that this massive industry has its roots in distorted and often unconscious religious ideas. This interactive seminar will explore what these undercurrents are, how they got distorted, the damage they can do, and how to identify them when you listen to motivational speakers and their various types of “personal growth and success” programs.

Presenter: Sharon Lindenburger

After a long career as an investigative journalist, author, editor, and teacher of creative writing, Sharon returned to Western University where she completed her MA in Theology. Her thesis topic was “The ‘Religion’ of Success,” which will later form the basis of a complete course. She is currently a PhD candidate at Western University’s Centre for Theory and Criticism.

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ACLT6245 - 001 Sep 27 - Sep 27, 2014 Available

Day Date Time Location
Sat   Sep 27, 2014 9:00AM to 4:00PM Downtown Campus, Citi Plaza, 124

Completion Requirements

To complete this course, active participation is required and participants must attend 100% of this course.


Sharon Lindenburger

Course Fee $125.00 ?

Potential Discount(s): Citi Plaza , Western Alumni , CIM