Technology, Wilderness, and Creation
This course will use an eight-day voyage in open rowing/sailing boats as an occasion for study and reflection on our relationship to God and creation. The trip will be in the Gulf Islands—wild or rural places that have been tenuously preserved (through isolation and much local struggle) from the development that is transforming much of the region. The course will also provide occasion to reflect prayerfully on the nature of place and pilgrimage in the Christian life and will draw especially on the writings of those many Christians whose own understanding of God has been focused by the experience of voyaging on the sea. No previous sailing/rowing experience required.
Major teaching times in the course will occur at the beginning and the end of the course as well as during a three-day period in a remote location on Saturna Island. These more traditional teaching times will be led and facilitated by Loren and Mary-Ruth Wilkinson. Further teaching will occur during the actual voyage of the boats, which will be led and facilitated by Craig Gay and Julie Lane Gay.
Maximum enrollment: 12 credit students.
Additional course fee: $450
Location: This course takes place off-site, on a boat sailing between the Gulf Islands.
NOTE: This course has a special registration process. Due to the great popularity of this course in past years, and to ensure fairness for all students, registration will be based on a lottery system. Registration for this course will open at 10:00 am PST on Monday, February 25, 2013. All registrations received in person, online through WebAdvisor, or by fax or email until 10:30 am will be entered into a draw. Students will be chosen by random selection from this pool until the maximum enrollment has been reached. Any students remaining in the pool will be chosen by random selection to determine their spot on the waitlist.
Any registrations received after 10:30 am will then be added to the waitlist (or to the course, if space permits) in the order they are received. Students will be notified by email regarding their placement in the course or on the waitlist within 48 hours.
This course also has special payment and refund deadlines. The deadline for dropping the course with a 100% refund is 4:30 pm on Monday, May 27, 2013. Payment deadline for all course tuition and fees is also May 27, 2013. There are no refunds after May 27, but this course may be dropped without refund until June 7.