Sacred Traveling: How Study Abroad Can Enhance the Interior Life (2)

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel fresco
by Janine Paden Morgan, chaplain and instructor in Bible, Ministry and Missions for Abilene Christian University's ACU in Oxford program <<< Part 1 I want to reflect briefly on two aspects of the human-divine relationship especially relevant to young adults in study abroad contexts. First, it is important for students of faith to have reassurance of a God who is seen as a present companion even in far-flung places, but, secondly, a God whose conception may also need to be modi...
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Sacred Traveling: How Study Abroad Can Enhance the Interior Life

In all great stories, from ancient fairy tales to contemporary movies, the Hero’s journey [i] consists of leaving home, encountering the Other (which leads to a personal crisis), and the return home. The common thread throughout these narratives is the necessity of self-examination brought about through encounters with others different than themselves. A much-overlooked dimension of study abroad programs is the impact such a liminal experience has on the spiritual lives of students. For stud...
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Faculty Training and Preparation

Responsible Study Abroad Seminar This powerpoint slideshow is used to help faculty and other leaders understand risk and their responsiblity associated with leading study abroad programs. It covers how to prepare and respond to a variety of situations, all of which have occured in real life. Case Scenarios To be prepared is half the victory. ~ Miguel De Cervantes. It's better to be prepared for something that never happens than unprepared for something that does. So let's practice! ...
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Proven Strategies for Promoting Your Study Abroad Program

When you look at the attributes of successful faculty-led study abroad programs, they are either led by popular professors or heading to popular places. We've seen popular professors taking lots of students to unpopular places, unpopular professors taking lots of students to popular places, and popular professors going to popular study abroad destinations (doubly whammy). Survey information gathered from past study abroad participants suggests that the most effective recruitment tool for facul...
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