Border-Crossing Immersion is not just an overseas trip for theological students, it is a way of being and a way of learning. Border-Crossing courses place students in settings where they are in the minority, where they are the guest. They learn not just about a region or subject matter but also learn how to make meaning in the aftermath of a disorienting experience. Andover Newton Seminary sponsors one Border-Crossing per year, and although they are available to all YDS students, those in Andover Newton’s Certification Program must participate in at least one.
The Andover Newton Colloquium, “The Making of a Minister,” meets weekly over the course of one academic year in the afternoon, before Emmaus. By exploring a series of topics related to faith community leadership, students formulate a deeper sense of call and identify the different skills, knowledge, and attitudes that make for effective ministry.
The Border-Crossing to Israel and Palestine was a transformative experience for the YDS students. All six of them testified to the revelatory quality of a firsthand encounter with their faith in the land of its origins, and to the power of forming a community from teachers and students—all of whom were on pilgrimage.” ~ Gregory Mobley