Non-Christian student attending a deeply Christian music festival?
May 16, 2014 2:08 PM Subscribe
My friend, a music-performance major in college, has been offered a full-ride scholarship (with room and board) to a four-week Christian performing arts festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. Are they likely to have a good experience?
posted by QuantumMeruit to Society & Culture (40 answers total)
The festival bills itself as a "Christian performing arts festival" and prayer and Bible study are baked into the schedule. Bible study is apparently mandatory (90 minutes each day), as is attendance at "faculty devotionals" at (mandatory) lunch. Oh, and the non-denominational Christian service on Sunday is mandatory, too. Other goals of the group mention training participants "to be salt and light in the arts world."
My friend is excited about the performance repertoire and published testimonials about the rigor of the performance program. However, they do not identify as Christian, and in fact also identify as part of a group routinely condemned by fundamentalist Christians.
If my friend attends the festival, are the benefits of the performance experience likely to outweigh other negative factors?