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United States South

SECC 727

On the Way to the Promised Land: A Journey through "Exodus" & the Underground Railroad

June 15 to June 24, 2023

This course will examine the Book of Exodus and the power dynamics that lead to the oppression experienced by the Hebrew and African slaves in the context of their quests for freedom. In addition, it will explore contemporary contexts and ways to dismantle systemic oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, and other intersections)—a new Exodus narrative.

Faculty Facilitator

The Reverend Deborah Appler, Ph.D.

Professor of the Hebrew Bible

Chaplain Sharon A. Brown, M.A.

Moravian Theological Seminary Adjunct


  • Program Fee:  $3,250 (Estimated)
  • Transportation: Included in Program Fee 
  • Insurance Fee:  $75 (Required)
  • Total Cost:  $3,375
  • Elevate:  Not Elevate eligible
  • Recommended for Meals & Personal Funds: $350

Quick Facts

  • Application Deadline:  January 30, 2023
  • Program Length:  10 Days
  • Credits:  1 Unit (Undergraduate) or 3 credits (Seminary)
  • Eligibility:  Registered Moravian or Lancaster Seminary Student; Rising Undergraduate Junior and Older
  • Language:  English

All the landmarks mentioned in this itinerary will be visited. Some changes may be made in the order they will be visited depending upon the weather.

Day 1: Travel from Bethlehem, PA to Washington, D.C.. Visit the Museum of African American Culture and History

Day 2: Morning lecture, travel to Highpoint, NC

Day 3: Visit the National Underground Railroad Museum Freedom Center, Guilford Woods and celebrate Juneteenth in Greensboro, NC

Day 4: Attend church at Greenleaf Disciple, visit Greensboro Woolworth for a sit-in and have lunch at Magnolia House, continued celebration of Juneteenth

Day 5: Travel from Greensboro, NC to Birmingham, AL

Day 6: Visit the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and Bethel Baptist Church

Day 7: Visit Civil Rights Memorial Center, The Legacy Museum, Selma-Montgomery Historical Trail and the Murphy House

Day 8: Travel to Charleston, SC. Visit Mother Emanuel AME, Old Slave Market Museum, McLeod Plantation, and the International African American Museum, travel to Augusta, GA

Day 9: Visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Augusta Museum of History, travel to Cambridge, MD

Day 10: Visit the Harriet Tubman Byway and Museum and Educational Center, meal at Porter's Soulfood Restaurant, return to Bethlehem, PA in the evening

COVID-19 Disclaimer

Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic we cannot guarantee travel or entrance into a destination as a result of COVID-19 related delays and /or closures. Moravian University requires that all students who plan to participate in a Moravian travel course provide evidence of COVID vaccination.