Friday, September 4, 2020 @ 10:20 AM
With lament, CMU announces its decision to discontinue the operations of the Outtatown Discipleship School indefinitely due to the uncertainties perpetuated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The evolving scope and effect of the global pandemic and the unpredictability of future conditions have clarified CMU's need to discontinue the Outtatown program. The university cannot anticipate how the ground will settle within church and society, or what kind of program may be feasible and desirable to students in the aftermath of the pandemic. We acknowledge the impact of this decision for CMU, the church, the many students whose lives have been profoundly shaped by Outtatown, and the cherished partners in Canada and Guatemala—many of whom bear a disproportionate burden of these very challenging times.
Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
Two weeks ago, former Outtatown South Africa leader Paul Peters and current CMU graduate student Justin Eisinga put their heads together. They had access to a network of highly experienced, educated leaders with intimate understanding of the evil—violent, systemic racism—which has rocked North America in its unveiling over recent weeks through media documentation of police brutality. The only question was how best to mobilize those resources.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 1:13 PM
CMU regrets to announce that the Outtatown Discipleship School program has been suspended for the 2020-21 program year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Outtatown's priority is the safety of its students, staff, and involved communities. The health risks and challenges that COVID-19 poses to a cohort-based travel program, such as physical distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and the uncertainty of a second wave of the virus, mean the program is unable to proceed.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 10:35 AM
Ally Siebert says Outtatown helped her lay strong foundations in key human skills, placing her ahead of the curve now that she's training for medicine.
What does it take to be a professional healer? Medical student Ally Siebert, a graduate of CMU's Outtatown program, is entering clerkship at University of Waterloo. The Ottawa native says that while much depends on your specialization, human skills can make or break your efficacy as a care provider.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
The group of 36 students, five leaders, and two staff left Guatemala aboard a repatriation flight bound for Quebec on Friday afternoon.
BREAKING: The good news is finally in! CMU has received word that the Outtatown group awaiting repatriation secured passage on an Air Transat flight leaving Guatemala on Friday afternoon, March 27, and arrived in Quebec that same night.
Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:18 PM
While main campus and government officials work together to bring the group home, 36 students, six leaders, and two program staff wait patiently in Guatemala, putting the semester's lessons to the test.
Since early January, CMU's Outtatown Discipleship School 2019/20 cohort have been travelling in Guatemala. Initially scheduled to return April 2, the team booked early flights back to Canada last weekend, amid the swiftly evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
From its start in 1998/99, the Outtatown Discipleship School program (Outtatown) has been shaped by a deep commitment to a cohort-based, cross-cultural, faith forming education through which students would come to 'know themselves, know the world, and know God'. Over the past 21 years, many of the 1,457 students who participated in the Outtatown program speak of it as "a life-changing experience."
Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Travel. Learn. Serve.
Outtatown's mission is to inspire and nurture students in their life of discipleship with Jesus Christ in a journey towards: knowing God in truth and relationship; knowing yourself in personality, character, abilities, and gifts; and knowing the world in its beauty, diversity, and pain.