Youth in Mission Announces Dates for 2005 Summer Youth Programs November 30, 2004

The Rev. Darcy A. Tillman, Director of the Youth in Mission initiative at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, has announced the dates for the two summer youth programs. Serving Christ in the World, a three-week seminary experience for current high school sophomores and juniors, will be held June 19 - July 9, 2005. Beyond Belief, an opportunity for high school youth groups to come to Chicago for one week of service and relationship-building with inner city children, is scheduled from June 26 - July 29, 2005.

Serving Christ in the World is a program for youth who would like to know more about God and themselves and ways they can use their gifts in service to others. During the three-week program two weeks are spent on the Lutheran School of Theology campus, engaged in study, activities, dialogue and reflection. One week is spent in Mexico City, Mexico, providing an experience of learning and sharing faith in a global context. Application deadline is March 1, 2005.

Youth groups participating in Beyond Belief are connected, through the seminary, with a local congregation and community. Youth groups tutor in local elementary schools and provide a Vacation Bible School type program in a local congregation or park. In the evening, the youth participate in cross-cultural experiences and Bible studies led by LSTC seminarians.

Youth in Mission is a program supported by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., with the purpose of encouraging young people to explore their gifts for ministry and to consider a profession serving others through the church.

Application information is available at www.lstc.edu or by calling Pastor Darcy Tillman or Kimberly Vaughn at 800-635-1116 ext. 725.

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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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