By Bob Ashenmacher
High school students are invited to take part in the Youth Theology Institute this summer at The College of St. Scholastica.
The third annual institute is a 10-day retreat that enables rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to reflect on their spirituality, connect with nature, perform service learning projects, and forge deep friendships. “Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call” runs July 12-21, with an enrollment of 25 students. The cost is $100, and scholarships are available.
Participating students study theologies and contemplate Scripture with St. Scholastica theology faculty, and are mentored by current St. Scholastica students. They learn about the value of community service by volunteering with Churches United in Ministry, Community Action Duluth’s Seeds for Success, and Hartley Nature Center.
They engage in prayer and reflection each day, and consider their vocational futures and how they might use their talents in a meaningful way in their careers. Participants also have the chance to explore the shores of Lake Superior. The institute wraps up with a two-and-a-half day wilderness retreat at Cascade River State Park.
The College of St. Scholastica’s Theology and Religious Studies Department was awarded a grant to create and develop the Youth Theology Institute. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues, and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.