Davis Takes Dallas Tour

May 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Benton County Daily Record


Harding University student Steven Davis of Bentonville participated in an educational tour of several religious establishments in Dallas on April 17-20. Davis, a senior public relations major, is one of 77 students who spent three days studying various world religions represented in the city.

The trip is the culmination of the class "Living World Religions," taught by Dr. Monte Cox, director of the Center for World Missions at Harding. The group visited a Hindu temple, a Zen Buddhist center, a Soka Gakkai Buddhist center, a Sikh temple, a conservative Jewish synagogue, a mosque, and a Baha'i community center.

The students spent time learning about each religion and place of worship from adherents of each faith. They observed various rituals and practices and had opportunities to ask questions.

Cox said that by exposing students to firsthand interaction with people of different faiths, they gain a better understanding of and respect for other religions.