Holy Land is College laboratory
by David Duprey
St George's College in Jerusalem prides itself on being an educational facility that unites the Anglican Communion. Since its inception in 1962, the College has hosted a wide range of Anglican Christians.
Bishop Bob Jones, Dean of the College, says: ``Every Province of the Church has been represented in our student body, from Japan to Tasmania to Nigeria to Alaska. Now we're expanding into Europe--Spain, Germany, and Russia, countries which have not formally sent many students to St George's.''
Having an Anglican foundation, yet with an ecumenical outreach, the College has welcomed students from 92 countries and 96 distinct Christian traditions. Bishop Jones is the fourth Dean of the College, succeeding the Rev Canon John Peterson, who left to become Secretary-General of the Anglican Consultative Council and Secretary of the Lambeth Conference.
``I don't know of anyone else who is doing what we're doing,'' Bishop Jones says.``Our laboratory is the Holy Land.'' At the St George's College booth in the Lambeth Conference Market Place, visitors will find either Bishop Jones or Mr Henry Carse, who is course director at the College. Either is happy to explain the uniqueness of St George's educational experience. Their aim is to teach ``the text in context,'' which means the land itself becomes the ``fifth Gospel.''
Not only is the College interdisciplinary and inter-cultural, it is also inter-generational. One of the most popular programmes is an international youth course that has gathered Palestinian Christian youth with Western youth for a unique twoweek experience every summer for more than 10 years.
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