HPU Religion Students Make Cultural Connections in Israel during ‘Maymester’ Trip

HPU Global Experience programs, also known as “Maymester,” are short-term study abroad opportunities that allow students to fulfill course requirements under the leadership of HPU faculty, while immersing themselves in a new culture.

This year’s offerings included 13 journeys that covered 15 different destinations: Israel, Italy, China, Spain, France, Japan, the UK, Washington, D.C., Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Ecuador and the Galapagos.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 23, 2018 – Regarded as the biblical Holy Land, Israel is playing host to High Point University students as part of an HPU Global Experience.

Delving into Israel’s culture, students are studying early Jewish and Christian history.

Also known as “Maymesters,” these short-term programs led by HPU faculty provide students with the opportunity to be immersed in cultures unlike their own. Students connect what they learn in the classroom with the current events and cultural legacies that they encounter while abroad.

Students in Israel are currently taking part in the religious course, Holy Land: Geography, History and Theology.

Their travels include a detailed study of early Jewish and Christian history, with particular attention to land and space. Students are exploring the complex historical and theological question about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism and the role land has played in the intersection of these two faiths.

During their trip, student have visited Caesarea-by-the-Sea, Nazareth Church of the Annunciation, Mount of Beatitudes, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the Temple Mount, and various historic sites in Israel.

Regarded as the biblical Holy Land, Israel is playing host to High Point University students as part of an HPU Global Experience.

“It has been an honor to embark on this pilgrimage with this group of HPU students,” says Dr. Robert Moses, assistant professor of religion and trip adviser. “The land of Israel and Palestine are profoundly sacred, and the three major Abrahamic religions claim this land as sacred space. It’s in this space that the hopes, joys, disappointments and tears of millions converge. What a privilege it is to experience this place with my students. During the second week of the trip, many of them have expressed to me how much they have grown during this journey.”

“I will leave this place with a deeper understanding of complex religious, political and social issues, as well as a deeper respect and empathy for people in this place,” says Sarah Wilson, HPU freshman.

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