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Cross-Cultural Opportunities

2004 - 2005



I. The first several opportunities, especially for January, are offered by Virginia Theological Seminary. If there are any questions:


Richard J. Jones
Prof. of Mission & World Religions
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304 USA Tel. 703-370-6600

January 2004

Myanmar (Burma) Immersion Seminar, January 5-30 (coolest month of the year in Myanmar).Orientation in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by visits to Christian seminaries, Buddhist pagodas, and international agencies in Yangon, Myanmar and participation in Diocese of Toungoo Leadership Retreat at the invitation of Bishop John Wilme, VTS ‘92. Instructor: Rev. Katharine E. Babson. Tel.207-373-0707. Approximate cost $2,800. (3 hours credit - MWR50-J) Required advance reading, reflection paper due upon return. Registration required by October 3 (to facilitate air reservations). Minimum participation: 5 students. 2003 participants: Allan Gates, Carlye Hughes, Mary Staley.

Dominican Republic Immersion, January 5-28. Orientation in Alexandria; 2 ½ weeks classes at Centro de Estudios Teologicos, Santo Domingo; 3 Sundays supervised parish work; ½ day reflection in Alexandria. Reflection paper due Feb. 11. Conversational Spanish required. Prof. Robert W. Prichard will be in residence as guest lecturer during the second week. Recommended for students anticipating future ministry among Spanish-speaking people. Instructor: Dr. Richard J. Jones. Cost: $350 plus international travel, medical care, and insurance. (3 hours credit - MWR 45-J) Maximum participation: 6 students.

Overseas Ministries Studies Center, New Haven, CT, “Thy Kingdom Come: Great Commandment and Great Commission” Student Seminars on World Mission,. The OMSC, co-sponsored by 30 seminaries, offers four courses. Each week stands as a unit by itself, or may be joined with one, two, or three other weeks with minimal overlap. Jan. 5-9, various lecturers; Jan. 12-16, various lecturers; Jan. 19-23, “Anthropology for Mission: Practice: Culture, Values, and Worldview.” Jan 26-30, “Ethnicity as Gift and Barrier: Human Identity and Christian Mission.” For more information, contact Judi Schwartz, VTS faculty secretary, or the OMSC Registrar, phone: 203-624-6672, fax: 203-865-2857, e-mail: Web: VTS students may earn (1.5 hours credit per one-week course - MWR401 - Independent Study), required attendance, reading, 5-8 page integration essay.

Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center Jan. 7-23, "Christ, Culture, and Mission in Appalachia”, Berea, Kentucky. Instructors: Dr. Lon Oliver, Kentucky Appalachian Ministry, and Prof. Lee Carroll, Columbia Seminary. Focusing on the farm counties of east central Kentucky and the coal counties of southeast Kentucky, the course seeks to enhance skills for social analysis and theological reflection, and to identify with the people of this culturally rich area of Appalachia. (3 credits) Contact: Dr. Bennet Poage, AMERC, 300 Harrison Rd., Berea KY 40403. Tel. 859-986-8789. Cost: $900 plus travel

Biblical Theology Trip of Perspectivew to Ethiopia Jan. 11 or 12 – 21 pr 22. Dr. Katherine Grieb and Mr. Cashman of Ministry of Money. NT53-J. (3 hours credit)

Poverty of Spirit/Poverty of Means January 12-29. Theological reflection on poverty, homes, and mission, followed by Habitat for Humanity leadership training at VTS, followed by 10 days work at a Global Village site in Honduras. The Rev. George Caldwell. (Approximate cost: $1,750) (3 hours credit - PT 25 – J) (Contact: Mark Wilkinson).

Central Buganda University (Jan. 3-25 approximate) Mr. John Veldhuis invites up to 16 people to be partnered with students at this young institution in rural Uganda, founded by retired Bishop George Sinabulya (VTS ’88). Assignments might include 4 hours daily painting, plastering, tree planting, construction, or organizing an office or library; visiting the student’s home; and traveling together to such sights as Murchison Falls and the source of the Nile. (Not for credit) Estimated cost: $2,500. Details: 703-750-1670;; or speak to Dr. Stephen Edmondson

A Plunge in the Diocese of Christ the King, Johannesburg, South Africa (Dates to be determined.) One week’s orientation including possible visits to Alexandria Township, St. Mary’s Children’s home, brothers of the Community of the Resurrection, Lesedi la Kresti School in Orange Farm Township, and informal settlements; meet youth, Mothers’ Union, Anglican Women’s Fellowship, parish priests dealing with changes in worship resulting from racial integration and changes in home life caring for children with HIV and AIDS. Student proposes study in one of the following: Anglicanism in the Diocese of Christ the King; black and inculturated worship; integration and reconciliation of different races; he HIV/AIDS pandemic; church planting in squatter camps. A local supervisor will act as mentor for 2-4 weeks of intensive study/research. Cost of international travel, local car rental, and accommodation to be determined. (Not for credit) Contact: Rev. Jacques B. Hadler, Jr., Field Education Office. (Bishop Peter John Lee of Christ the King Diocese is expected to visit Virginia in October 2003.)

Summer, 2004

Maryknoll Institute of African Studies Post-Graduate Immersion Program, Nairobi, Kenya. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, this program aims to teach systematically the contemporary cultures and religion of East Africa in such a way that students achieve an African perspective on these realities. Accredited through St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN. Director: Dr. Michael C. Kirwen, an American Roman Catholic priest, author of African Widows and The Missionary and the Diviner. Classes five mornings per week; afternoons for library and field research with interpreter; research paper. Three three-week sessions are offered from late May until mid-August. Courses include: “African Cultures: An Overview”; “African Traditional Religion Interprets the Bible”; “Introduction to East African Art”; “African Feminist/Womanist Theology”; “Spirituality, Personhood and Psychotherapy in an African Context”; “Justice and Peace in East Africa,” etc. Prof. Richard Jones attended in 2000 and heartily endorses the program. 2003 attendees include Gerald Warren, Sarah Midzalkowski, and Kathleen Gannon. Eligible for (3 VTS credits) For more information, contact Dr. Kirwen at 011-254-2-891-265, fax: 011-254-2-890-352, e-mail: Website Cost: $800 per three-week course, plus international travel, room, board, books, and medical. (Estimated total cost: $2,900).

Juarez, Mexico (January one week, summer 6-8 weeks) The Rev. Dan Klooster offers a week-long January workshop to prepare short-term mission team leaders, plus longer internships as staff members of various ministries. (Not for credit) Contact, call 915-872-8712.

Mexico City Ten-day courses to train Anglican leaders in Hispanic ministry, including liturgy, history, and psychology, plus field visits. Also a short course for musicians. (Not for credit) Contact the Very Rev’d Vincent C. Schwahn, Dean, Seminario San Andres, Av. San Jeronimo 117, San Angel, Mexico, D.F., C.P. 01000, Tel. 011-52-55-55-50-85-50,

II. Projects listed from other seminaries


The Panama Project (June 5-26) Offered by the Diocese of Panama, in consultation with Prof. John Kater of Chruch Divinity School of the Pacific, this program explores from inside the challenge of ministry in a setting shaped by globalization, the promise of the recently-returned Canal, and the new Anglican Province of the Central American Region. Orientation, field experience under local supervision, and a period of evaluation/reflection under the direction of the US and Panamaian coordinators. Conversational Spanish helpful. Seminarians pay their own airfare; other costs are underwritten. Preference given to students with some Spanish. (Not for Credit) Contact Prof. Kater at 510-204-0700, or Applications due Dec. 31, 2003. Official Description:


The Panama Project 2004 offers four Episcopal seminary students the opportunity to spend three weeks in the Episcopal Diocese of Panama:

orientation to the people and diocese of Panama, held at the Diocesan Conference Center in Panama City

field assignments in rural or city congregations, diocesan schools or Episcopal Church sponsored social programs

evaluation and reflection at the Diocesan Camp in Santa Clara, Panama

Housing is usually with local families. While proficiency in Spanish is not required, it is a valuable resource and preference will be given to Spanish-speaking applicants. The Panama Project is open to Episcopal seminarians who have completed at least one full year of seminary study by May 2004. Past experience indicates that participants who are able to approach the Project with an attitude of openness and a willingness to learn rather than teach will benefit most from THE PANAMA PROJECT. Unless there should be fewer applicants than openings available, only one participant will be accepted from each seminary in a given year. Selection will be based on experience, expectations and language proficiency.

The Panama Project covers room, meals and travel within Panama. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

The Diocese of Panama gives seminarians a warm welcome and invites them to experience the life of this diverse and exciting part of the Anglican Communion. Life in Panama can be challenging, and participants should be prepared for tropical heat and Panama’s rainy season, lots of walking and perhaps some physical labor. Field work assignments are often in areas of the country without running water and where travel conditions may be rigorous.

Wycliffe College, Toronto

Wycliffe College, Toronto, will host a 4-week mission trip to the
Diocese of Bungoma in western Kenya during the month of August, 2004.

Students will be placed for two weeks in parishes and the diocesan
training center. An additional two weeks will be devoted to preparation
and de-briefing. Academic credit is optional with extra reading and
The Rev'd Dr. Merv Mercer
Wycliffe College
5 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1H7
tel: 416-946-3529


Seminar-Workshop on
The Nature of the Church and Religious Communities in Egypt

A Workshop of the Boston Theological Institute. Academic Credit is possible through Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA 02459

H. Dates: Saturday, 5/22 – Sunday, 6/5 – Egypt Seminar

“Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork,
and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25)

Nature and Purpose of the workshop: The challenges with which we live require that we work more diligently to understand our neighbors, to create spheres of dialogue and cooperation, and more deeply comprehend what we believe to be true about faith and life. The purpose of this workshop is to do just this. In addition to learning more about the various aspects of Egyptian culture – Pharaonic, Coptic, Muslim, and contemporary Christian and secular society – we will work to create relationships and spheres of conversation with Coptic and Muslim leaders. Our intent is to learn what it means to constitute a future religious leadership that can serve as a kind of “Peace Corps” for the 21st Century.

Est. Cost: $2500.00

In our planning for this trip we are working with Dr Tharwat Kades (Westendstrasse 70, 63225 Langen, GERMANY); also of Cairo Theological College and the Delta Presbytery. The accommodations during our whole stay in Cairo and Port Said will be in church guest houses. After the flight to Upper Egypt our seminar will be continued on a Nile Cruise with "MS Soury-Nile Academy". The ship has a private atmosphere and is equipped with 15 double and 2 single cabins. We will stay in very modest but safe and clean accommodations. Our desire is to meet people not just to visit monuments. WE are planning on the following as being possibly included in the itinerary:
· About 3 days in Cairo (especially to visit the old Coptic Quarter, if possible to visit church leadership and some persons in the university
· Aswan and Abu Siumbel and Temple of Isis at Philae
· Travel on a felucca to Edfu and Luxor on the Nile River (several days)
· Possibly oases of Bahariyya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga
· Visit several of the old monasteries (especially places important in the lives of Cyprian VI and Shenuda III)
· Possibly end up at Alexandria (possible scuba diving location for those who may wish to stay longer – to be confirmed later)
K. For further information: the BTI (617.527.4880); website:


Hope Sudan Sustained is a student-led ministry supporting refugees in the Adjumani camps in Northern Uganda, including Amazing Grace Orphanage and Benniah Pogo Theological College. Plans are being formed for two trips, one in March of 2004, and one in summer 2004, dates to be determined. Principle cost is transportation and insurance. Contact David Davis, Matt Doss, or Jonathan Frazier,,,

GOAL Project: Global Outreach for Addiction Leadership is a member ministry of EPGM supporting 12-step recovery and treatment in areas of the world where it is absent or new through counselor training, educational efforts (largely through churches) and supporting new meetings, etc. Three trips are being put together for next summer, depending on interest and funding: In each case, primary cost will be transportation and insurance, plus per diem living expenses. Trips are usually three weeks in duration.

(1) Initial training for the Diocese of Central Zambia, led by Dr. Terry Webb during the summer. Preference to those with professional A & D experience or significant recovery. Contact: "terrywebb" <>

(2) Support for the OPORA center in Moscow, led by Kevin Fisher, rising senior at Sewanee, trainings in Moscow and other Russian cities. May/June 2004. Preference to those with Russian and/or A and D or recovery experience. Contact: "Kevin Fisher" <>

(3) Support for the St. Dimitri Outpatient Clinic of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Cluj, Romania. May/June 2004. Probably focussing on an intense three week counselor training in domestic violence/sexual abuse. Led by Barbara and Bob Hughes. Preference to anyone with professional qualifications or recovery experience in these areas or in alcoholism/addiciton. Contact: Bob Hughes <>

Flexible Dates

Overseas Seminary Internship Experience, Volunteers for Mission, Episcopal Church. With the endorsement of SCOM, the Volunteers for Mission program at the Episcopal Church Center facilitate a year of study and community involvement at a seminary outside the U.S.A. . Participants include: Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda; Gaul College, Harare, Zimbabwe; St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines; Centro de Estudios Teologicos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Other mission opportunities are available through the Volunteers for Mission program or the Young Adults Service Corps. Contact: The Rev. Jane Butterfield Presler, Episcopal Church Center, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017; phone: 800-334-7626 (outside NY State) or 800-321-2231 (in NY State). (Transfer credits to be arranged)

Washington Office on Africa Internship. The Rev. Leon P. Spencer, Executive Director, invites one or two seminarians, particularly but not necessarily Africans, to gain experience in coalition and advocacy work. This would constitute a practicum for reflecting on social ethics and faith-based action. Current interests include trade, international debt cancellation, development aid, and the conflicts in
Congo and Sudan. Send resume and writing sample to: 212 E. Capitol St., Washington, DC 20003. For further information phone 202-547-7503, email: Web-site:

Sri Lanka Possibility: The bishop of Colombo has indicated a desire for partnership visits. Anyone interested in designing a project with him should contact him directly:

Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo
368/3A, Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Colombo - 7, 00700
Sri Lanka.
Tel: 696208, 692985, 693997
Fax: 684811

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