UMO Students Take Reflective Field Trip

UMO Students Take Reflective Field Trip

MOUNT OLIVE- Seven University of Mount Olive (UMO) students, along with Professor Tyanna Yonkers, recently took a field trip as part of their IDS 204 course, Contemplative Practices Through the Arts. The group visited SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cary and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The course is taught by Dr. Yonkers, Professor of Religion, and Cheryl Hooks, Professor of Fine Arts. It is an interdisciplinary class exploring different contemplative practices in relation to art, religion, literature, theater, and other areas.

Students explored icons in the church and reflected on artwork in the museum to incorporate the contemplative practices they have learned throughout the course.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, in Smithfield at Johnston Community College, and online.  For more information, visit

The students explored the North Carolina Museum of Art to reflect on the artwork.

L-R: Darren Myers, Meredith Futrelle, Shelia Johnson, Morgan Williams, Latania Renwrick-Benson, Zarya Poulava, Cindy Rhodes