FRANKLIN — Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology will offer two new classes this fall, open to the public, to help seminarians and lay Catholics build bridges with people of other faiths.

Sherry Blumberg, a long-time adjunct faculty member and winner of the 2012 Milwaukee Jewish Educator of the Year Award, will teach “Life of Holiness: Introduction to Judaism,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, giving students a firm grasp of Judaism’s basic concepts, an understanding of who a Jew is, an appreciation of the Jewish experience in history, a view of the life of the Jews, and a sensitivity to the problems and issues facing Judaism today.

Steven Shippee, an associate professor since 1995 and a published theologian in the area of ecumenism, will teach “World Religions: Diversity and Dialogue,” from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The course will study the four major religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam – as well as the dialogue between them and Christianity, seeking to inspire students to embody and enact the Second Vatican Council’s teaching regarding other religions and the interreligious dialogue.

Tuition for either class is $550 on an audit basis, or $1,100 if taken for two credits.

For more information, contact Julie O’Connor at (414) 529-6974 or