Each year CCS students, usually in their Integrating Year, travel to another part of the world to broaden their understanding of themselves, their theological convictions, and their role in marginalization/oppression and justice-making in the global context.
This experience (approximately 12 days) is planned by the students themselves, and is carried out in cooperation with a partner of the either The Anglican Church of Canada or The United Church of Canada in a part of the world where the is an opportunity to learn from and with people who continue to be significantly affected by colonization/oppression/underdevelopment. The experience is preceded by an intensive period of orientation and is followed by various approached to integrating the learnings emerging from the experience.
- to experience the complexities of domination and privilege through being a minority in a culture in which we have, and represent, significant power
- to deepen our understanding of the effects of globalization
- to engage in biblical and theological reflection with people whose biblical interpretation and theological understandings are influenced by the enduring legacy of colonization and oppression and to learn from these perspectives
- to make theological, social, political, and economic connections between Canadian and global contexts
- to experience life in a context that is significantly outside the comfort zone of the participants
- to integrate this experience into our practice of ministry
- to deepen our understanding of solidarity and accompaniment, their meaning and expressions