Author Archives: Sarah Hanan

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At the Sea of Galilee

Today focused on Jesus’ life and ministry in Galilee. En route to the Sea of Galilee, participants toured the Migdal Synagogue – believed to be the oldest synagogue in Israel – located on the outskirts of Magdala (home of Mary … Continue reading

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Learning about conservation in Puerto Rico

SMU Alternative Breakers in Puerto Rico learn about the ecosystem before doing a conservation project at the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve:

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Scenes from Bethlehem

Perkins School of Theology students, alums, faculty, staff and friends visited significant sites in and near Bethlehem during their Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip. Read their blog.

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Epiphany – Orthodox Christmas Eve

Members of the Perkins School of Theology-SMU Palestine-Israel immersion group traveled to significant sites in the world of Jesus on day four of the Jan. 3-14, 2015 trip. Students, alums, and friends experienced the Judean Wilderness and Dead Sea, Masada, … Continue reading

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Making our schools better

As part of their class on contemporary issues in education policy, students Anna Norkett and Rahfin Faruk had the opportunity to visit schools with Mike Miles, the Dallas Independent School District’s superintendent. They wrote op-eds about their experiences in the Jan. … Continue reading

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Today, I imagined.

An update from Hanan, a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in human rights: Today, I imagined. Sobibor Death Camp wiped out a quarter of a million people in less than one year. The area today has grown from nothing … Continue reading

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Our group in Bethlehem

The January 3-14, 2015, Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip for alumni/ae and students of Perkins School of Theology-SMU — sponsored by the school’s Global Theological Education Program — includes 17 participants. The first-ever Perkins immersion experience for alums will be led by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. Each day, participants will experience Palestine and Israel through a different theme. Continue reading

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Send-off to Ecuador

The SMU Alternative Breaks group heading to Quito, Ecuador:  

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Helping build community in Austin

SMU Alternative Breaks is offering three trips during winter break. In January, the student organization is taking students, faculty and staff to Quito, Ecuador, to volunteer with an organization that supports at-risk youth, and to Puerto Rico to perform environmental work and serve at the Boys & Girls Club. In December, participants performed community service at the Blackland Community Development Corporation in Austin. Continue reading

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Test makers need to open up about their closed doors

An update from Rahfin Faruk, a senior majoring in economics, public policy, political science and religious studies, with a minor in mathematics: Across the country — in Democratic and Republic legislatures and in rich and poor communities — standardized tests are … Continue reading

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