All our students have the opportunity to take a travel seminar to expand their studies. Alumni and friends can join too!
Witnessing for Freedom: Education & Advocacy as the Ongoing Work of Social Justice
New dates: Spring 2 AND May Term, May 5-11
The journey towards Civil Rights continues and requires systemic change. This travel seminar to Washington, DC, emphasizes contemporary efforts to promote Civil Rights and Social Justice. We will leave from Charlotte, NC, stop in Greensboro, NC, to explore the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, and spend an evening at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, to examine the biblical and theological intersections of race and justice. We will spend the remainder of the trip in Washington D.C. We will explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We will spend several days with church professionals in the historic United Methodist Building, which houses the social justice offices for the UMC, PCUSA, ECA, ELCA, and the National Council of Churches. We will learn about current church-based initiatives for Civil Rights and Justice at the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness, learn how to advocate for justice issues at the U.S. Congress, and then put those new-found skills to work as participants visit the offices of their congressional leaders. Recognizing that the work of social justice requires partnerships across denominations and nonprofits, we will meet with Sojourners, the Children’s Defense Fund, Bread for the World, and the Washington Interfaith Network.
Union Presbyterian Seminary has three exchange programs — with the Institut de Theologie in Montpellier, France; the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea; and the Universitat Bern in Bern, Switzerland.