This Week: March 31 – April 4

One of the School of Divinity’s guiding principles is to:

  • Encourage Global Perspectives:  Through theological reflection, critical inquiry, and ministry formation, the School of Divinity encourages students, to explore diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic perspectives within both national and international contexts (see School of Divinity Bulletin, 2013-2014, p. 3).

To accomplish this aim, the School highlights in its curriculum each year courses that include a travel component. Several multicultural contexts courses are already scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who are interested in one of these courses should complete a preliminary application form found here. Additional details about each course are available from course professors. Final decisions about course registration and student costs will be made in September.

General Information about 2014-2015 Multicultural Contexts Courses

MIN 592: Fierce Landscapes: Listening to the People of Appalachia
Professor:   Bill Leonard
Estimated student cost:  $400

This seminar finds its home among the people of Western North Carolina. Students learn experientially through on-site interactions with leaders of congregations, schools, settlement houses, rural and urban non-profits, and other community organizations. Conversations explore the changing nature of Appalachia, economic and ecological issues, church life, and varying religious traditions in the region.


MIN 595A & B Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: Nicaragua
Professors:  Mark Jensen and Veronice Miles
Estimated student cost:  $800

This course utilizes a partnership between WFU and AMOS Health and Hope, a faith-based NGO that does health-focused community development. We also interact with WFU schools of Law, Medicine, and Business who have multiple Nicaraguan partnerships.   With AMOS staff as our mentors and teachers, we learn from participating in their ministries of health and community development. We will experience both their theory and practice of organizing for redemptive social change.  These ministries live and work in the intersections of faith, health, economics, government, and civic life. Travel will be Jan 2-11, 2015. This course meets the multicultural contexts for ministry requirement, and the requirements for the faith and health certificate.  Participants will take the 1-hr preparation course that includes readings in history and cultural context, and must attend health and security briefings.  Participants must have required travel documents (passport). Some facility in Spanish will deepen participants’ capacity to contribute to and learn from the experience. 


MIN 790B Topics: The Holy Land Pilgrimage (fall 1 credit readings course)
MIN 790B Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: The Holy Land Pilgrimage (spring 2 credit travel course)
Professor:  Neal Walls
Estimated student cost:  $3800

This year’s theme is Christian communities, ancient and modern, in the contested lands of Israel and Palestine. Students will “walk the pilgrim’s road” together to study the origins of our Christian story, the history and spiritual discipline of pilgrimage, and the ministries of minority Christian communities in contemporary Israel/Palestine. The class will explore Jewish, Christian, and Muslim places of worship and historical remembrance as we examine this region’s rich religious heritage. As pilgrims in centuries before us, we will seek out diverse Christian churches and communities in the Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the West Bank. Approximate cost for a fifteen-day trip (beginning in late December and concluding before January 13) is per person in double rooms.


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Blessings for the week ahead,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



Photo provided by AMOS Health and Hope. From 2013 School of Divinity Trip to Nicaragua. Pictured on left: Kim Priddy (MDiv ’14).