Lebanon (MNN) — ABTS will supply a web based residency program as COVID-19 precautions make the conventional 2-week residency unattainable.
Schools must get inventive through the COVID-19 pandemic, and Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is not any exception. This 12 months ABTS will supply the Cultural Evaluation within the Context of the Center East and North Africa module totally on-line.
In a standard 12 months, it might be one of many 4 core modules, says Brent Hamoud, this system director for the Institute of Center East research at ABTS. He says the category often takes place by way of a mixture of on-line studying, with a residency program in Lebanon. It could be 20 weeks on-line, then two weeks on website in Lebanon.
The category, Hamoud says, tackles the broad topic of tradition: how will we dwell and function on the earth and the way will we kind our identities? Hamoud says, A part of this system has been discipline analysis and human topic analysis. It’s been going out and observing, interviewing, participating with folks.
It’s unlucky, Hamoud says, that we will’t have the residency this 12 months. This is likely one of the highlights of this system, this chance to collect in Lebanon. He says finding out tradition instantly contains a big a part of the course, and college students should simulate that over a pc this 12 months.
Alternatives and Gospel hope
Nonetheless, with limitations come alternatives. Hamoud says, We’ve lined up a collection of lectures and displays that may cowl the fabric. [This format] really carry others into the residency that wouldn’t have in any other case been a part of it, as a result of [they can] simply log in and be a part of the classroom. We will hear the voices of others. It’s created some alternatives as nicely.
The purpose of the course, Hamoud says, is to discover ways to share the hope of Christ on the bottom in these cultures. It’s making that leap that the residency would have facilitated. However now they’ll have to do that extra on their very own.
Pray these college students will be capable to join the issues they’re studying of their lectures with the person cultures they dwell in. And pray that COVID-19 instances all over the world would decline so that ordinary education and human interplay can resume.
ABTS college students taking part within the Cultural Evaluation within the Context of Center East and North Africa module. (Picture courtesy of ABTS on Fb)