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Study Tour

For more than a decade Waterloo Lutheran Seminary has been helping people of faith make meaningful connections with people and places in the Holy Land. The seminary’s Face-to-Faith program tries to bring together folks from various faiths, cultures and locations to help them build bridges of understanding. The school is offering this program again from April 30 – May 14, 2017.

If you would like to receive registration information as it becomes available, please go to our continuing education email list.

Canadians from across the country have participated in past study tours: students and faculty; people from various fields, disciplines, and vocations; as well as people from faith communities, and people not attached to any faith community. Their contributions to the rich mixture of discussion, reflection, and learning have enriched the program. This study tour is an ecumenical, multifaith, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural experience that has been a life-changing experience for many people who have participated.

Students can use the travel experience to take up to two academic credits, through blended online learning courses, during our May to August spring-summer term. Students from other educational institutions are welcome to take this study tour for credit within their school's program. All they need to provide is a Letter of Permission from their institution’s academic dean or person responsible. The seminary can then make arrangements to transfer the credit(s)

Undergraduate courses available:

  • GC380: The People, the Land & the Book
  • GC398 or GC399: Cross-Cultural Encounter

Graduate courses available:

  • TH608N: The People, the Land, & the Book in Ancient Times
  • TH608P: The People the Land & the Book Today
  • TH640H: Cross-Cultural Encounter (required by the MDiv program)

Leaders of your tour: Mark Harris, principal-dean and professor of functional theology and Debbie Lou Ludolph, director of the seminary’s Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song.

People and groups you will encounter: Schools that are building peace between faiths and cultures; worship with Palestinian Christian and Jewish congregations; Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Wi’am Human Rights Centre; CLWR development projects

Holy and historic sites you will visit: Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, Garden of Gethsemane, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Bethlehem, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Church of the Beatitudes, and more.

Tour costs: Airfare $1,200 (estimated), land portion $2,950 (plus taxes, where applicable. Tuition, continuing education or university fees are not included).


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