Despite the geographical separation between students, Jennifer requested that each student find their own “sit spot” to connect with nature and reflect on their experiences. While immersed in the outdoors, students welcome the break from screens, unavoidable as a student studying online.
Through September and October, the Centre gathered more than 15 participants, research fellows, staff members, and community partners in physically-distant Circle conversations where they spoke authentically about their journeys in peace and justice work.
Graduate students in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Grebel usually learn together in small classes. The pandemic this year has turned the program’s teaching model on its head, as professors have adapted and even reconstructed their courses for the ease of learning and connecting virtually. Because of the online platform, the courses are reaching more students who are excited to learn.
Grebel’s graduate programs are full of discussions and interaction in class and beyond. Traditionally, students engage with one another in the classroom, during breaks, lunch, and after class. With classes online this term and everyone so spread out, it’s more difficult to connect with one another, but professors and students are building a community, just like in any other term.