The Well, a free, Christian-based, weeklong summer theology institute for rising 10-12th grade students who are interested in learning more about their faith, and how it intersects with and informs other aspects of their lives, including career choice, will be held July 8-13.
The camp is funded with a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.
To register, and to view an activities list, visit www.findlay.edu/academics/well/
The Well has non-denominational, Christian-focused context. Activities involving on-campus education and trips throughout the region will incorporate numerous opportunities to learn about and discuss other religions while strengthening participants’ belief in their own faith. In the spirit of Christian hospitality, The Well gladly welcomes students of all faith traditions to participate. The institute is not a proselytizing effort.
Shawn Graves, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and one of the institute’s organizers, said students from various religious backgrounds who have participated at past camps have been “challenged to think more clearly and carefully about their faith.” They have also experienced meaningful, respectful interaction and bonding with people from other faith traditions.
Modeled after the University of Findlay’s core mission of helping students live meaningful lives and have productive careers, the institute’s curriculum is designed to walk participants through five tough questions, each building on the last to help individuals identify the role of faith in life and vocation. They will consider:
- Who am I, and how can I live a meaningful life?
- What is most important to me?
- Are there causes larger than me that drive my decision-making?
- What am I being called to do?
- How will I serve humanity?
Participants will be provided with on-campus lodging, daily meals, snacks and all materials they need for faith exploration.