Because of the pandemic, the CD 1613 course (The Holy Land: Its People, Places, and Prayers) in fall semester 2020 has been reconfigured as a virtual pilgrimage instead of a course physically held in the Holy Land. You can still visit the Holy Land and meet some of its people, but this will all occur online.
Led by Professor Skinner and Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, students will connect with people and places in the Holy Land via the web and in real time during the mid-semester RFS period. The new format will involving reading, discussions, and cultivating a pilgrimage consciousness before engaging in virtual travel as a group. Online visits to sites, interactions with tour guides, and discussions with leaders in the Holy Land will allow students to consider what it means to encounter real sacred spaces and participate in sacred conversation.
The course still has no prerequisites, and it is being offered as a 1.0 credit elective. More specific information about the course and the RFS synchronous meeting requirements will be available later this week on the course’s draft syllabus on MyLutherNet.