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Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth

Sunday, June 16 - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Who: Theologically curious high school students (all are welcome to apply, rising sophomores through graduated seniors are given preference)

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

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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.

Read about the 2018 Summer Institute, "Caring for God’s Creation: Thinking Theologically about Ecology and Justice," or visit our Facebook page for photos and more information.

Theme for 2019

A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically About Hunger and Poverty
Why are some people hungry while others have more than enough food? Are Christians called to respond to the needs of the poor? Is it possible to have a world without poverty and hunger? How does the food we eat impact our communities? These are just some of the questions the 2019 Institute will explore. Students will consider the many resources for thinking about hunger and poverty in the Christian tradition from Biblical studies to Christian ethics and theology.

Monmouth College’s unique location and resources provide abundant ways to explore this theme. The college is surrounded by large soybean and corn farms, there is a pork processing plant in town, and a Monsanto agricultural research and educational facility within a few minutes’ drive. In response to this setting, the college has its own interdisciplinary 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
  • Two daily intellectually challenging classes that provide an opportunity to be immersed in the study of scripture and Christian theology
  • Service in the local community and interactive workshops with Monmouth College faculty that connect faith with complex world issues
  • The joy of creating and learning to be part of a faith-based community of mature thinkers
  • Quiet, undistracted time to reflect deeply on your experiences and sense of call or vocation
  • Aesthetically-inspiring surroundings and first-class residential campus housing
  • Opportunities to learn from people of different religious traditions
  • Fun and recreational community-building opportunities with new friends


Complete the following application form by January 1, 2019.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply early to ensure full consideration! For more information about the program or application process, please contact the Rev. Jessica Hawkinson, Director of the Lux Institute.