Cross-Cultural Connections

Cross-Cultural Connections

One of the aims of the School of Divinity 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. All students are required to complete one Cross-Cultural Connections course. Each course includes a required travel component. The application is located at the bottom of this page.

The following travel courses will be offered in 2017-2018:


MIN 595 Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: Nicaragua

  • Fall 2017 course, 1 credit hours, MIN 595a.
  • Spring 2018 course, 2 credit hours, MIN 595b.

Leader: Mark Jensen

Travel dates: January 5-13, 2018

Cost: $1,383.50 program fee plus estimated $1,100 estimated airfare and $90 out of pocket expenses. With scholarship, stucent cost is $968.45 plus airfare and out of pocket expenses.

Area Requirements: CC, SE; Fulfills a requirement for the Health concentration.

Students must take the prerequisite for this course, MIN 595A (1 credit hour), offered in the fall semester, 2017. 

Explore the intersections of faith, health, and culture in urban and rural Nicaragua. Through a partnership with AMOS Health and Hope, participants are immersed in a model of community-based primary health care that utilizes the community’s strengths and assets in a process that empowers persons and  communities for improved community health.  AMOS is a leader in Community Based Participatory Action in global health.

7 seats available.


BIB 596 New Testament Places and Spaces
Exploring the World of the New Testament Then and Now

  • Spring 2017 course, 3 credit hours, BIB 596.

Leader: Katherine Shaner

Travel Dates: March 3 – 11, 2018

Cost: $2,388.50 program fee plus estimated $1,230 airfare. With scholarship your cost is $1,388.50 plus airfare.

BIB Elective and Area Requirement: CC

This course will introduce students to the historical, social, political, and cultic context of the world in which the New Testament and early Christianity emerged in Asia Minor. Students will spend ten days touring archaeological excavations and museums in mainland Greece. Through immersion in the archaeological ruins of the first through sixth centuries CE, students will experience some of the ancient architecture, technology, and images that shape our readings of New Testament texts.

10 scholarships available.

Washington, D.C.

THS 598 Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: Washington, DC

  • Spring 2018 course, 1.5 credit hours, THS 598a.
  • Summer Session I 2018 course, 1.5 credit hours, THS 598b

Leaders: John Senior and Frank Dew

Travel Dates: June 9-16 (tentative dates)

Course Fees: Course fees: $765 plus 1.5 credits summer school tuition ($375/credit). With scholarship your cost is $535.50 plus tuition

Community Building and Area Requirement: CC

Students must take the prerequisite for this course, THS 598A Christianity & Politics in American Life (1.5 credit hours), offered in the spring semester, 2018 

The term “public witness” often describes how Christians understand the complex work of pursuing claims of justice – claims about who owes what to whom – in public space. Claims of justice aren’t simply made; they’re made in particular spaces, in particular ways, using particular techniques and practices, rendered in particular moral languages for particular audiences. The “how,” “where,” and “for whom” of public witness have everything to do with how claims of justice are heard and engaged.

Using Washington, D.C. as a laboratory, this course explores different forms of Christian public witness in American public and political life. Models of public witness considered in the course include intentional Christian community, broad-based community organizing, servant leadership, asset-based community development, congregationally affiliated non-profit ministries, national denominational representation in Washington, federal government partnerships with faith-based communities, and global mission organizations. The course examines the theological commitments, social ethics, missional visions, organizational structures, and practical methodologies that give each model its distinctive shape and that create both opportunities for and challenges to the work of public witness. The course pays particular attention to the ways that faith-based organizations in Washington engage the problem of gentrification.

Important Dates and Information

  • Informational meeting: Tuesday, September 5 during community lunch (Wingate 302)
  • Application due Friday, September 8
  • Acceptance Notifications by Friday, September 22
  • Deposits:
    • $100 deposits for Nicaragua and Greece due by Monday, October 16 to secure your spot
    • Additional $500 installment due for Greece by Monday, November 27 (note: there will be a group meeting on Tuesday, November 28 at 5 p.m.)
  • Application of Course Fees
    • The full course fee for Nicaragua and Greece will be applied to your account with the December 1 bill.
    • The Washington, D.C. course will be 1.5 credits in the spring and 1.5 credits in the summer, with course fees due with summer tuition.