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.
Through its Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Education programming, LTS seeks to promote global awareness and intercultural dialogical engagement. Three key components of the programming include:
1) The Globalization/Ethics course (SL/PL155)
2) A Cross-Cultural Immersion Practicum (CL102)
3) The Indigenous and Intercultural Relations course (SL366)
Our MDiv students are required to take all three of the above.
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.
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.
The Indigenous and Intercultural Relations course seeks to build an understanding of Canada's Indigenous peoples’ worldviews, history, and culture. Onsite classes, workshops, and visits to local Indigenous sites teach about wakohtowin, the relationships understood by Indigenous people regarding humans, land, and spirituality. Students learn about experiences in Canada's Indian Residential Schools. They learn about colonialism, treaty and the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples.