Cross-cultural Programs

"Cross-cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God."—Jeane Kirkpatrick

The cross-cultural experience at the School of Theology is meant to push seminarians beyond their normal patterns of life and work to experience the Gospel in a different context. It helps students begin to reflect on their ministry in a post Christendom era by seeing the world and their racial, religious, and social group from another culture’s perspective.

Before graduating, all students are encouraged to participate in a cross-cultural experience in which the student is directly involved in ministry with people from a culture other than their own. A student may have the notice of participation in a cross-cultural experience added to his or her transcript when it has been engaged with an approved domestic or international cross-cultural field education site. The director of contextual education can be a resource and it is recommended that you begin planning for this opportunity as soon as possible.

Interested in learning more? Contact our acting director of contextual education, the Rev. Dr. David Cobb