WHAT IS URBAN IMMERSION?
Urban Immersion is the opportunity for people to encounter the needs of the city in a holistic, educational way. Each urban immersion experience is a collaboration between the group leader (perhaps you, reading this!) and our ministry staff. Our goal is to identify areas of interest for your group that we call “modules”–a list of which can be found below. Each module consists of activities that take up 6-8 hours, so we recommend doing only one module per day. Every immersion experience is custom built for each group. This gives you the freedom to shape the experience in the way that is most meaningful to your group.
- Housing Insecurity–issues, stages of housing and placement, driving tour
- Racial Justice-history of Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. Center
- Living in a Global Society-interfaith dialogue, the “glocal” context
- Through the Eyes of a Child-how poverty affects children-nutrition, education, trafficking
- Loving the Stranger-understanding issues of immigration and refugee resettlement
- Who Is My Neighbor? - a guided experience through 13 different stations of social issues
Additionally, each module includes an interactive study featuring modern research and real-life application–frequently featuring persons who have first-hand knowledge of the topic. The second part of each module is a “field experience” which may include serving at a partner organization or travel to a location dealing with the issues raised during the module. Faith-based groups incorporate appropriate sacred texts and Scriptures.