Update: Read the first dispatch from China by Professor Kwok Pui Lan on the 99 Brattle Blog.
May 17, 2012, CAMBRIDGE, MA—On the heels of commencement exercises yesterday, a group from EDS is on its way to China. Early this morning four faculty members, two staff members, and twelve students met at Boston's Logan Airport to depart for San Francisco, their first flight on the way to Shanghai. They are participating in a travel seminar to China from May 18 to June 2, 2012. The seminar is co-led by Professors Patrick S. Cheng and Kwok Pui Lan.
The focus of the seminar is to learn about the culture and religions of China, explore the life and witness of the Chinese churches in a rapidly changing society, and study the legacy of the Episcopal mission in China. This is the first time that a group from EDS will visit China. The seminar is generously supported by the Defreitas Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation of New York and is part of an interfaith iniative at EDS.
The group will travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Xian, and Beijing to visit churches, seminaries, Christian organizations, and universities. Participants will also be exposed to the vibrant religious life in China by visiting famous Buddhist temples, a Confucian research center, and the renowned mosque in Xian.
This fall, the participants of the seminar will share what they learned about Christianity in a multireligious society.
We hope to receive updates from the group over the next couple of weeks and will post their dispatches on the EDS homepage and 99 Brattle blog in the coming days. Please check back to follow the progress of the travelers.