For the month of July, I will be participating in an ecumenical (various religions and faiths) educational program offered by the University of Notre Dame in Isreal. It is called TANTUR Institute: Here is a description of what this program is about:
A Spiritual and Educational Journey Through the Holy Land
The Continuing Education Programs of Tantur Ecumenical Institute introduces its participants to many fascinating and unique aspects of the Holy Land. It is often said that to experience the Holy Land is to live “the fifth Gospel” – that is, once you know the land, you will then understand the other four gospels more deeply. Our programs weave classroom instruction in such topics as Old and New Testament, Biblical Geography, History of the Middle East and Spirituality with guided tours of the many religious and historical sites this land has to offer. In addition, our Tantur Programs also seek to introduce you, our participants, to the people of this land. As precious as the holy places are, the “living stones” are those Christians who have faithfully lived in the Holy Land through the centuries, often at great sacrifice. So we introduce them to you, both in their history and in their contemporary existence.
The Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies is situated at a beautiful location on a Hill in Jerusalem, near Bethlehem. It serves as a welcoming place in The Holy Land for visitors who come from all over the world to stay at this Oasis of Learning, Community and Hospitality.