The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for complex cultural experiences through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures. Students learn to build intercultural relationships, resolve cultural conflicts and guide intercultural ventures.
The summer 2013 immersion course in Taize, France is led by Dr. C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and Director of the Perkins Master of Sacred Music Program, and Dr. Heidi A. Miller, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship. Theology students studying in Taize, France, visit sacred sites such as the Taize community, Notre Dame, Cluny and Chartres, and consider the sites’ rich contributions to Christian worship and music. For example, regarded as one of the wonders of the Middle Ages, the abbey-church of Cluny was the largest church in Christendom until St. Peter’s basilica was built in Rome. Construction on the Benedictine abbey began in 1089 and was completed in 1131. The library of Cluny was, for centuries, one of the most important in France. Sacked by the Huguenots in 1562, the abbey was almost entirely destroyed by a revolutionary mob during the suppression of 1790.
Perkins students also are blogging this summer from South Africa at blog.smu.edu/studentadventures/category/theology-in-south-africa/