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Student Reflections

Dawn Mackey, Master of Arts in Religion,
Master of Arts in Missions & Evangelism, 2015

Hometown: Wheatley Heights, Long Island, NY
Education: Harvard University, B.A. Comparative Study of Religion
Global Education Course: Religions on the Silk Road

This was truly a once-­in-a­- lifetime opportunity, to travel along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan and Turkey while learning about the religious history passing through these historic trade routes and experiencing a bit of what life on the Silk Road would have been. The personal growth, unique experiences on the field, and hands-­on learning are worth much more than the cost of the trip. In fact, I was amazed by how much we were able to see, learn, and experience, and this was easily a major highlight of my education thus far. It also is helping to confirm my sense of call in the area of missions. I would urge any and every student to take an opportunity like this to study aboard. There are some things that simply can’t be learned in a classroom.

You also can’t learn to make hand-­pulled noodles, dumplings, and traditional Uzbek food or watch the process of silk carpet weaving, ceramic making, or wood carving back in a Boston classroom. You cannot sleep in a yurt camp in the desert, ride a camel, and experience any other small piece of the Silk Road traders’ caravan experience back home!

Joshua Hudson, Master of Divinity 2015

Hometown: Memphis, TN 
Education: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.A. Philosophy and Religion
Global Education Course: Religions on the Silk Road

Global Education significantly broadens your understanding of how God works in different contexts. It also allows immersion into other cultures with differing beliefs, which can challenge stereotypes and increase perspectives. I honestly felt that I learned more than in a traditional classroom. Being immersed in the history and culture of the locations we were studying added a level of depth that is very hard to replicate. It gave new insights into the readings and certainly kept the discussion topics fresh.

 

Spencer Kyle Johnson, Master of Divinity, 2015

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN 
Education: Houghton College, B.A. Bible and Humanities double major, Political Science minor
Global Education Course: Religions on the Silk Road

I am absolutely returning an adamant apologist for this course and other Global Education program opportunities. Opportunities like this are crucial for ministry leaders in the 21st century. We cannot afford to be disconnected from the rest of the world.

 

 

Regina Pei Chan, Master of Theology 2015

Hometown: New York City 
Education: Brown University, B.A. Biology
Global Education Course: Religions on the Silk Road 

There is so much to explore and learn in God’s diverse world, and studying abroad through the global education courses is an unparalleled way to bring our seminary education to life in a broader context. The global perspective gained by seeing, tasting, and touching the world beyond the classroom and library is invaluable to our futures as lay and professional ministers and educators, especially in our rapidly-globalizing world.