Faculty, staff and students discuss Holy Land Pilgrimage

Lewis faculty, staff and students discuss Israel and Palestine Pilgrimage Program in April

Published: March 31, 2014.

Lewis University and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
students, faculty and staff participate on a January
Holy Land pilgrimage.

Learn more about the Holy Land, Social Justice and Bethlehem University in an April Arts & Ideas series. Faculty, staff and students, who were in partnership program with Saint Mary’s University, will present three times as a part of a series. They’ll be discussing the January pilgrimage trip to Israel and the Palestine.

“The pilgrimage allowed students to walk in the footsteps of past generations as they visited sites that are holy to the three major Abrahamic religions,” said Mike McKeon, university minister for social justice education. “Through their travels, the students built relationships with the people of the Holy Land as they learned from each other. Perhaps most importantly, the students from the United States spent time with 9 students from Bethlehem University, who shared their stories of hardship and hope.”

McKeon and Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor of history, will introduce the topics, and Lewis University students will share their perspectives based on their time in the Holy Land. Each of the programs will take place in the Big Red Room in the Lewis University Student Union.

  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 - focuses on pilgrimage in history

  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 - discusses social justice issues encountered by the pilgrims

  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 - highlights the lasting impressions in the context of Christian faith

For more information on the series, contact Mike McKeon at (815) 836-5868 or mckeonmi@lewisu.edu.

This series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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