Immerse Yourself in the Historic Swiss Reformation

Global Education Course in Switzerland
Dates:  TBD
CH-637: “The Swiss Reformation”
Professor: Dr. Carolynne Hitter Brown
Course Fee: $3,600 *

Relive the watershed events of the Protestant Reformation by taking “The Swiss Reformation” class in Calvin’s and Zwingli’s backyard. This 3-hour course will transfer back as an elective for the majority of GCTS students. For more detailed credit information see the “CH-637 Course Equivalency Reference Sheet” link below. Students on any of the four GCTS campuses are welcome to apply.

The faculty leader for this course is Dr. Carolynne Hitter Brown who teaches Church History at Gordon-Conwell’s Boston Campus. As a social historian, Dr. Brown will guide students in exploring the historical, cultural and political landscape that helped shape the Swiss Reformation. The class will retrace the steps of major Swiss Reformers like John Calvin by exploring key Reformation-related churches, monasteries, castles and museums. Dr. Brown will assist the class in recounting the story of Zwingli and the persecution of Anabaptists. There will be time for reflection at sites where Reformation fugitives escaped, were imprisoned or martyred.

Dr. Brown will further guide students in their consideration of the significant roles of marginalized groups such as women, Radical Reformers, and the Huguenots. As a professional musician, she will also highlight the role of music and the arts during the Reformation, with a particular look into iconoclasm and its enduring social and cultural influences. Further discussions will include reflection on the Swiss Reformation legacy in contemporary Christianity.

Additional highlights include the chance to live and work at the ancient Kappel Monastery for part of the course. Toward the end of the class, the group will enjoy two nights of spiritual retreat at the world-renowned L’Abri Fellowship in the Swiss Alps.Interspersed with Reformation visits and lectures will be opportunities to worship in local Swiss churches, travel on high-speed Swiss trains, and enjoy such world-famous delicacies as cheese fondue and Swiss chocolates.

Inclusive dates for the course are May 12 – June 1, 2020. Students on any of the four GCTS campuses are welcome to apply. Interested students should submit their initial application no later than May 1st, 2019.  Earlier applications are encouraged. First priority is given to matriculated Gordon-Conwell students. Links to student applications, faculty reference forms and required travel forms appear below.

After June 1,2019, the course will be opened up to non-matriculated Gordon-Conwell students interested in taking the class for credit or as an audit. This includes GCTS friends and alumni, and students from other seminaries, including students from all 8-member seminaries of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI). Links to alumni and friends’ application and professional reference forms are found below.

*There may be minor adjustments to the course fee closer to departure. The fee does, however, represent the actual cost per person for airline tickets (from an East Coast gateway city), on-the-ground transportation, accommodations and food, with no built-in profit for the Seminary. Please note tuition, student services fees, and audit fees are not included in this amount and will be billed separately.

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The application will soon be available for matriculated students, alumni and friends of the Seminary.