Visiting a religious or sacred site provides students with a visceral learning opportunity difficult to replicate by reading about a site or viewing pictures or images. This site visit guide is meant to help faculty and university staff support the learning experiences of students that are being introduced to religious spaces and practices different from their own.
The following guidelines are meant as helpful tips for faculty and university staff, in conjunction with the staff and leaders of a particular religious or sacred site, to design a visit that helps students:
- learn about a particular religious or secular site and how its community utilizes it
- draw connections between their own religious or secular tradition and the beliefs, practices, and rituals of another religious or secular community
- understand the commitment to service and other shared values in another specific religious or secular community