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Walking the Path of Non-Violence in Myanmar: Buddhist and Christian Approaches, Winter 2014

Brita L Gill-Austern

This Border Crossing will take students to one of the poorest of South Asian countries, which until very recently had one of the most repressive governments in the world and is now in the process of reaping some of the fruits of a long and rich history of non-violent resistance.  This BCI will be focused primarily in Yangon working with the Myanmar Theological Institute and their centers of conflict resolution and interfaith relations as we explore the theory and practice of non-violence within this context.  It is our hope to stay a few days in a Buddhist monastery, meet with Buddhist monks and Christians who have participated in non-violent resistance in Myanmar and to discover resources and inspiration for walking the path of non-violence in our own context.  Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be a rich source of inspiration for our work and travels.  There will also be time to discover some of the ancient history and beauty of Myanmar in travels to the ancient city of Mandalay and the mystical city of Bagan and its ancient temples. This course will fulfill either the BC or IF catalyst requirement, but not both. Limit: 10.

For more information on fees, cost and applications, see the Border-Crossing Immersion Handbook.
Deadline for submitting Applications: September 27, 2013

Winter - Winter Session 1, 2014 – January 2-15 OFF CAMPUS

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.