Journeys in Spirituality: A Freshman Experience
Exploring Religious and Spiritual Diversity
July 25-31, 2003
Meet people whose spiritual or religious journeys are not like your own
One of the most profound points of difference that students encounter in their college years will be meeting people whose spiritual or religious journeys are not like their own.
Chaplains Richard McBride and Kate Colussy-Estes invite you to explore our distinct religious and spiritual histories. Have fun getting to know other first-year students in a relaxed atmosphere while visiting a variety of religious communities within a short driving distance from campus such as a Jewish synagogue, a Greek Orthodox church, an Islamic Center and Vietnamese Buddhist temple.
Timeline: July 25-31, 2003
Day 1: Arrive by 2 p.m. Meet new friends and begin your journey by visiting a Jewish Synagogue.
Day 2: Visit a Greek Orthodox church.
Day 3: Visit an African-American Christian church.
Day 4: Visit a Zen Buddhist zendo.
Day 5: Visit a Vietnamese Buddhist temple
Day 6: Visit an Islamic center.
Day 7: Closing program and lunch at noon. Families are welcome!
Being the Perfect Stranger
We North Americans live in a remarkably diverse society, and it's increasingly common to be invited to a wedding, funeral or other religious service of a friend, relative or coworker whose faith is different from our own. Each participant will receive the book entitled How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook, which helps answer the questions we all have when visiting someone else's place of worship.
What will happen?
What do I do?
What do I wear?
What do I say?
What should I avoid doing, wearing, or saying?
What are their basic beliefs?
Day trips to various houses of worship Build lasting friendships Meet faculty, staff and upperclass students Recreation time on and off campus Group reflection activities Learn more about your own spirituality Become familiar with Elon's campus, the Town of Elon, Burlington and the surrounding area!
How do I register?
You may register to participate by submitting the registration form along with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Mail your registration form and the non-refundable $50 deposit check (payable to "Elon Chaplain's Office") to:
Journeys in Spirituality
Religious Life Office
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Participants will stay in the residence halls at Elon University along with upperclass student leaders. All meals provided. This experience is open to both men and women and will be filled according to the dates by which the application and deposit are received. The deadline to submit applications is May 19, 2003. The balance of $200 is due by June 16, 2003.
Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be notified immediately by e-mail of your placement in the program. A packet of information will be mailed by June 16, 2003.
For additional information, please contact the Religious Life Office at 336-278-7729 or e-mail Chaplain McBride at email@example.com.