The Journeys Program is an inter-religious program that gives members of the Emory community the opportunity to cultivate relationships of partnership, service and friendship with communities around the world. These immersion experiences examine root causes of conflict and struggle in various parts of the world. By visiting these communities and supporting their work of reconciliation, we open ourselves to possibilities, understanding, affirmation, hope and healing.
Each May and occasionally in January, The Journeys Program sponsors two-week and one-week immersion experiences, respectively, for Emory students, staff, and faculty. For each experience, the program seeks a diverse group, drawing from Emory's diverse community of students, staff, and faculty; its thirty recognized religious groups; its significant non-religious population; and its various academic disciplines and professional schools.
The program invites groups to encounter the world's complexities, to hear stories of pain, liberation, hope and healing and to seek wisdom outside university walls. Participants build relationships with host communities in varying ways. In some settings, hosts ask us to contribute to a service project, and we do so gladly. In other settings, service work carries the taint of paternalism, even colonialism, and in those areas we focus exclusively on conversation and collaborative analysis with our hosts. Trip leaders, in conversation with their hosts, help determine the best ways to foster mutual, lasting respect and goodwill. For more information contact Program Coordinator Cynthia Shaw (404-727-4148) or Ivan Maddox (404-727-6225).
The Journeys program has visited places both internationally and nationally. Since 1999, the sites visited include Appalachia, Mississippi Delta, Montana, Texas/Mexico border, New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, and South Africa. Future Journeys sites include the Middle East and a possible return to the Mississippi Delta.
Details and applications for upcoming journeys will be available from the Oxford College Chaplain's Office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, and from the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life in 316 Cannon Chapel or 260 Dobbs University Center (DUC) on the Atlanta campus.