ABOUT | Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth

The Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth 

is a two-week opportunity for theologically curious high school students to dive deep into the world of theological and biblical studies, intentional community, vocational discernment, and worship.

Students have opportunities to:

• Study with other theologically curious students and college mentors • Learn from remarkable theologians and Monmouth College faculty • Build a meaningful living-learning community • Serve in the local community • Engage in vocational discernment

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 2020

A New Earth: Thinking Theologically About Environmental Justice

Is our climate changing? What does faith have to do with environmental justice? Are we called to care for creation? What would a new, sustainable earth look like? The 2020 Lux Institute will explore these and other questions. Students will study the ways in which Christians throughout history have thought about nature and the earth that is entrusted to our care. More importantly, the Institute will consider how Christians think about the natural environment today and what we can do about the profound changes that are occurring on earth. The Institute will also explore the impact of environmental changes on our common home and human relationships. Monmouth College is situated in a rural area with many opportunities to encounter nature, including the College’s LeSuer Nature Preserve, the Mississippi River (with opportunities for clean-up efforts), and beautiful state parks. Monmouth College is also home to an Educational Garden, farm, and sustainability efforts encouraged by student and faculty programs.

The Daily Experience

  • A daily schedule framed around morning and evening worship
  • 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

Cost

  • The $300 program fee covers all lodging, food, activities, and transportation during the two-week event. Students are responsible for their own travel to Monmouth, IL or Chicago airports (O’Hare and Midway). A free shuttle from Chicago airports is provided for students.
  • We recommend students work with their family, church, or regional church bodies to cover the program fee. For example, Presbyterian Church (USA) students could approach their congregation, presbytery, and synod about whether mission funding can support a portion of the program cost. Scholarships are available to students who apply with an indication of exceptional financial need.
  • Program fees can be paid by credit card or check and are due within two weeks of a students’ acceptance to the program.