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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Come with us and rock in the cradle of western civilization! Get ready for your own Olympian journey, and put a little Greece in your diet!! This extraordinary cross-cultural course explores the remarkably diverse cultural history of Greece from its ancient past to its modern present. We will tread in the footsteps of the apostle Paul, walk the paths of Socrates, and hike on the trails of the ancients. Our odyssey will take us to Athens, Corinth, Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, the islands of Crete and Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, and Delphi. We will eat delicious Greek food and, if you desire, bask in the sun on the coasts of the beautiful Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian seas. Through a field-based examination of biblical archaeological sites, Eastern Orthodox churches, architecture, religious art, and cultural sites, we will learn about the influence of the Greco-Roman culture on the early and contemporary Christian tradition. Students will also get to participate in a four-day stay in a family owned Bed and Breakfast hotel on the island of Rhodes.  Please read the attached brochure for more details. This is an educational trip of a lifetime!
Estimated Course Fee: $6250

Students also have the option of taking this course as THEO 205, which would satisfy the QuEST Christian Beliefs requirement.Greece cc2

Faculty Biographies:

Dr. Sharon Putt received her undergraduate degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her M.A.T.H. from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. She has significant experience traveling abroad and taking students on cross-cultural trips. She has traveled with youth groups and took 22 Messiah students to Ghana, Africa in 2009 and 30 students to Greece in May 2017. Their stay in mud huts with thatched roofs, lack of hot water for three weeks, and hours of rough travel on dirt roads have prepared her for future travel under very diverse circumstances. She traveled to Europe and the Middle-east, as well. Her discipline is world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christian theology have prepared me to teach students to value views other than their own and to provide the guidance necessary for a cross-cultural trip.

Dr. B. Keith Putt is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and Sharon’s husband.  He has a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philosophy of Religion and a Ph. D. from Rice University in Philosophical Theology.  He has traveled extensively in the United States, the UK, and in France. He took 30 students to Greece in May 2017. He also teaches the core Cultural Perspectives courses at Samford that enable him to teach students how to appreciate those who think and live differently.

After a degree in math from Wheaton College, Rev. Dan Schmidt received an MA in New Testament from Trinity International University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also did graduate study at Hebrew Union College. Dan grew up overseas and has traveled widely as a tourist, student, and mission agency administrator. He has pastored congregations in Illinois, Maryland, Chile, and Costa Rica, and currently serves at St. Thomas UCC in Linglestown, PA. For the past several years, Dan has been an adjunct in Messiah's BRS department and in the FYS program. His interest lies with encouraging students to connect the Bible with life, and to notice what God is up to in the world around them. 
She teaches in the freshman core program (First Year Seminar and Created & Called for Community). In addition, she coordinates the Fitness for Ministry Program and teaches a variety of courses in Christian Ministries:  Organization & Leadership for Ministry, Field Experience, Practicum & Senior Seminar. She takes students to Los Angeles, CA every J-term and traveled with 30 students to Greece in May 2017.
She is a movie fiend, who enjoys spending time with friends and family, long road trips, and reading in a local café and/or coffee shop.

Other Course Information:

Messiah-Greece-Tour-2019 Final Brochure.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.