Youth Theology Institute returns for second year

The 2016 Youth Theology Institute participants.

The 2016 Youth Theology Institute participants.

Only a few places remain for the second year of St. Scholastica's Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call Youth Theology Institute, which will be held July 7-16 on the College's Duluth campus.

The Youth Theology Institute is a 10-day retreat at St. Scholastica for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have an interest in faith, show a promise for leadership, and love adventures in nature. Participants will study theologies and scriptures of call with theology faculty; engage in service projects with Churches United in Ministry, Community Action Duluth's Seeds for Success, and Hartley Nature Center; be mentored by current St. Scholastica students; pray and reflect in an ecumenical setting, and explore the shores of Lake Superior. The institute wraps up with a two-and-a-half day wilderness retreat at Cascade River State Park.

Full and partial scholarships are available. More information is available at

The College's Theology and Religious Studies Department was awarded a grant to create and develop the 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.