In Spain, students will experience fascinating interactions with a diverse historical confluence of cultures, stunning architecture, distinctive religious traditions, expressive
[Spain] language, and rich culinary delights. We will discover the breathtaking aura of Christian cathedrals, the compelling contribution of the Jewish culture, and the beauty of Islamic art. Students will traverse the terrain of Spain’s magnificent geography, the simplicity of charming towns, the bustle of busy cities, and the richly endowed museums of Spanish civilizations. We will examine the multiplicity of ideas and world-views that make up the fertile ground out of which Spanish culture evolved and continues to thrive. Students will engage in meaningful conversations with Christian priests, Jewish rabbis, and Muslim scholars, as well as with small business owners and local residents. We will experience two days in the royal kingdom of Morocco, exploring a contemporary and hospitable Muslim society and Arab culture. In this most diverse of African countries, students will learn Islam and Arabic from Moroccan teachers in the World Unite! organization. From Madrid and Toledo, to Cordoba and Seville, on to Granada and Malaga, toward Gibraltar, Cadiz, and Tangier, students will immerse themselves in the fullness of southern Spain, its language, its religions, its arts, and its vibrant cultural heritage.
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, 30 students to Greece in May 2017, and 30 students to Italy in May 2018. 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.
Estimated Cost: (lower with 30 students attending) $6880
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 and to Italy in May 2018. 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.
Dr. Shelly Skinner is a native Southern Californian. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Biola University and Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA, and her Ed.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She also served in a local church as the Minister of Youth in West Covina, CA for over 19 years.