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Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth

Sunday, July 16-Sunday, July 30, 2017

Who: Theologically curious high school students (rising sophomores through graduated seniors)

Cost: Free (including free charter bus transportation provided to and from Chicago)

About the Institute

Funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, this two-week summer experience is designed to provide high school youth with opportunities to engage pertinent topics in theological inquiry, learn new modes of worship and spiritual practice, participate in service, experience interfaith activities, and explore their vocation.

Theme for 2017

Feast or Famine: Thinking Theologically About Food and Food Security
Students will consider the many resources for thinking about food in the Christian tradition from Biblical studies to Christian ethics and theology. The tradition has dealt with the realities of hunger, the joys of feasting, the blessings of providential provision, and the sacramental power of a meal.

Monmouth College’s location and resources provide the perfect context for this theme. The college is surrounded by large soybean and corn farms, and there is a pork processing plant and a Monsanto research facility nearby. In response to this setting, the college has its own food security research initiative, an educational garden, a six-acre organic produce farm, and is a charter member of the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) academic coalition.

The Experience

  • A daily schedule framed around morning and evening worship
  • Intellectually challenging classes where you will immerse yourself in the study of scripture and Christian theology
  • Service in the local community
  • Quiet, undistracted time to reflect deeply on your sense of call or vocation
  • Aesthetically-inspiring surroundings and first-class residential campus housing
  • Fun and recreation with new friends
  • Opportunities to learn from people of different religious traditions
  • The joy of being a part of a faith-based community of mature thinkers


Register by filling out the following application by June 1, 2017.

Opportunities are available for a limited number of students. The registration deadline is June 1, 2017 but applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Please register early!