United lives its commitment to the historic Christian faith in an increasingly global context through a Methods and Immersion curriculum in contextual theology for interreligious and intercultural learning. The coursework is required for M.Div. students but greatly urged for all Masters-level students, their spouses, alumni/ae and friends of United. All M.Div. students must therefore secure a current/valid passport as soon as their degree program begins.
The purpose of the Contextual Theology and Immersion Program at United Seminary is:
- ·To create in students a greater awareness of global Christianity, a sensitivity to interreligious complexities, and an understanding of shared, compassionate discipleship.
- ·To equip students with skills for recognizing and receiving diverse ways of thinking and living in other contexts, those with cultural and theological assumptions significantly different from their own.
- ·To invite students to reflect critically and collaboratively on the interdependence of faith communities within God’s leading and to respond with compassion to the lives, needs, and faith of people in different parts of the world.
- ·To integrate the immersion trip experience into future effective ministry by recognizing the diverse nature of Christian community in the local parish and/or church context
The Brazil trip (January 2013) transformed my life. It opened my eyes to what is going on in the world around us. My heart was broken when I saw the extreme poverty in the cities of Brazil. I was nervous about going on this trip but now I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to embark on this adventure of a lifetime. Michelle Wilkey, M.Div. Student