Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Education

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Our school has a vital Cross-Cultural program that incorporates a global perspective into its curriculum.

We recognize the need to prepare theological students for leadership in an increasingly interconnected and inter-dependent world.  Present global realities require religious leaders who have cross-cultural competence. 

IndiginousThrough its Cross-Cultural Program, LTS seeks to form and educate students through coursework that promotes global awareness and intercultural dialogical engagement, as well as through cross-cultural encounters (immersion trips). Two components of the program are the Globalization/Ethics course (SL/PL 155) and Cross-Cultural Immersion Practicum (CL 102) (both are required for MDiv studies).

  • The Globalization/Ethics course examines the issues and challenges of globalization from a theological perspective. The course is precursor to the Cross-Cultural Immersion trip, which generally takes place a few months after the course.
  • In the Cross-Cultural Immersion practicum, learning is accomplished through direct global interaction. The trip provides the disorienting yet life-changing experience of leaving what is familiar and being a guest in another culture; it also enables students to learn what the church is doing in other contexts.

Indigenous education seeks to build an understanding of Indigenous people concerning worldviews, history, and culture. Students attend onsite classes, workshops and visits to local Indigenous sites to learn about wakohtowin, the relationships understood by Indigenous people regarding humans, land, and spiritual entities; experiences with Indian residential schools and colonialism; and the treaty and inherent rights of Indigenous people.