An Invitation to Participate in this year's SSQ3
Are you up for an interfaith spiritual quest? Whether you’re an 8th – 12th grader from a particular religious tradition—or no faith at all—the 2012-2013 Sacred Sites Quest could be for you!
All applications are due online via the Boniuk Center website by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30th, 2012. Earlier application is encouraged. Accepted applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, Dec. 3rd. Those for whom there isn't room will be placed on awaiting list.
The quest will begin on Sunday afternoon October 7th. It takes place during two- to three-hour sessions mostly—but not exclusively—on Sunday afternoons. The quest formally concludes on the weekend of March 2nd – 3rd, 2013.
Tuition for the SSQ3 program is $300, payable by check when accepted applicants complete their Registration form (i.e. by the Monday, October 1st deadline, at the latest). Tuitions defray only a portion of the SSQ3 expenses (mostly transportation, equipment access and materials) per student. Scholarship aid of $150 is available for those with financial need; simply indicate your half-scholarship request when you apply.
The first two-thirds of the quest will largely entail visits to a series of selected sacred sites throughout greater Houston. Some of these visits will entail observing worship services in process. The final third of the quest will feature a collaborative capstone project through which the SSQ’ers will produce a tangible creative legacy together. The 2011 and 2012 SSQ cohorts created four-paneled (mixed-media, painted) public murals, for instance.
This year’s version will repeat that option, while introducing another new element, as well. Participants who choose to focus on this second option will culminate their quest by producing multi-media video narrative installations about it. So those with an interest in film-making and digital storytelling are also encouraged to apply. Ultimately, all participants will play roles in both designing and constructing the public art piece and making the documentary film.
Space in the Sacred Sites Quest is limited. So don’t delay: apply today if you’re interested.
Preference will be given to the earliest applications received.
Participants will forge close relationships with a new network of friends from various faith traditions—or no faith at all. They’ll also increase their religious—and interfaith—literacy and learn multi-media artistic and documentary film-making skills. Finally, they’ll produce a capstone project at the end of the process that will serve as their lasting creative legacy. Past participants report making new friends, learning many new things and having lots of fun, in the process.
It’s a serious, significant commitment to make. So it certainly isn’t for everyone. But if you know it’s for you, then please act soon to let us know of your interest!
Additional information and answers to FAQ's about the quest are available on the Boniuk Center website. You can also call the center’s office at 713-348-4536 to request answers to questions by phone.
Click here for registration form: https://signup.rice.edu/SSQApplication/
Boniuk Center MS 350 Rice University P.O. Box 1892 Houston, Texas 77251-1892
713-348-4536Voice 713-348-4537 facsimile email: firstname.lastname@example.org