Experience a world of perspectives without the expense of traveling abroad this summer.
St. Bonaventure University is pleased to extend an invitation to a special opportunity for undergraduate students across the country to pursue academic excellence in the area of interreligious dialogue during an intensive three-week summer 2013 program on our campus.
The Franciscan Honors Seminar on Interreligious Dialogue is inspired by the many inter-religious encounters that have taken place in Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. As a Franciscan institution of higher education, St. Bonaventure University mirrors the spirit of Assisi by sponsoring this unique academic partnership with a center for inter-religious exchange of the highest caliber — The Chautauqua Institution.
Offered in residence at St. Bonaventure’s campus, this program is for the college student who maintains a 3.5 average and has a particular interest or academic orientation in the field of interfaith dialogue, theology or religious studies. The interdisciplinary nature of the program aims to draw students from a variety of majors in the humanities and sciences.
The 3-credit program is created in collaboration with Chautauqua Institution, which has since 1874 been dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through religious, social and political issues of our times. Students will enjoy a series of programming at Chautauqua’s 750-acre community, located just an hour from St. Bonaventure.
The cost of the program is $1,200, which includes tuition, room, and most meals. Students will be responsible for their lunches while at the Chautauqua Institution.
For more information, email Rev. Terrance Klein at email@example.com.
Praise for the Honors Seminar
“I loved the program! The professors were wonderful. I would recommend this program to any student interested in studying the intersection of religion and culture.”
— Julia Biwojno
2012 Seminar Participant
“Today, in an interdependent world, we can’t afford to be ignorant of other religions or insensitive toward their adherents. Such ignorance fuels horrors like the atrocities of September 11, 2001. We need to engage in interreligious encounter in order to promote greater trust and mutual appreciation, so that together we can build a world of justice and peace. In addition, as people of faith we are summoned to appreciate how God’s grace and glory transcend any one religious tradition. All of us have an opportunity, and an obligation, to deepen our own faith understandings by discovering how God is imaged, worshipped, and served in other religious traditions. To remain ignorant of those traditions and their paradigms of holiness results in spiritual impoverishment. And we are left without the resources to heal religiously-based or exacerbated conflicts that engender so much needless suffering.”
— Yehezkel Landau
Faculty Associate in Interfaith Relations, Hartford Seminary
(A dual Israeli-American citizen, Landau lectures internationally on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and Middle East peace issues.)
About Chautauqua Institution
Founded in 1874, Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through religious, social and political issues of our times.
Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning for Sunday School teachers. While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical — as well as interfaith — in spirit and practice.
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