BelFAST and FURIOUS: The Story Continues

During J-Term 2018, 286 students and 29 program leaders will participate in one of Luther's 17 courses around the globe. Although it's impossible to keep up with everyone, these blogs are designed to provide glimpses into our students' adventures.

Take a look at the course descriptions, itineraries, and leaders to learn the details of each exciting trip. Most importantly, read the blogs to experience life alongside our traveling students.

J-Term Highlights

Check out these highlighted posts about unforgettable moments, lessons learned, and life-changing experiences!

We have had an eventful weekend and Monday. Heading off from Derry and towards the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle on Saturday, we were blessed with a beautiful view of the coast. Exploring Giant's Causeway (the largest attraction in Northern Ireland) and hiking the bluffs was so much fun and a nice break from the intesive work we were about to do in Ballycastle. Between the beatuiful views of the cliffs, snowy tree tops, and waterfalls, the day was full of activity. Corrymeela was our final destination, a small peacebuilding community right outside the quaint harbor town of Ballycastle.

We have enjoyed our time in Ireland, but some of us have gotten a bit homesick. Corrymeela's warmth and welcoming community allowed us to have a little feel of 'home'. From the constant tea and biscuits to the calm rolling of the waves right outside our window, the reflective nature of Corrymeela gave us a contemplative side to the peace process. Through thoughful questions and explorations, our class gained a larger appreciation for peace movements and the learning goals of our course. We went through the basic history of the Troubles, but also examined what are the lessons we learn from peacebuilding and how we can then apply those lessons not only to the conflict, but to our own lives and the lives around us back home. Group discussions, peace games, and reflective witing have prepped us for our final week here in Ireland. 

Warm food in our bellies and our bags packed and ready to go, we embarked for Belfast. Our group is staying right in city center and with meetings varied from politics to education to mural tours, we have a busy week. There is a different feeling in this city comparable to the other cities we have visited. To see the real peace walls dividing communities is shocking. I am excited to see what more we will learn how both sides as well as our visits to the school systems. With only a week left to go, I am excited to pour all my energy into each day and seize the moment. 

Cheers,

Steph 

Giant's Causeway
Enjoying the cliffs
Coast of Northern Ireland
Dunluce Castle