Living the Questions

Living the Questions
Date Friday, July 14 - July 23, 2017
CostEarly-bird discounted cost is $275 through April 10. Cost is $295 for the 10-day stay at Bethel. This covers lodging, food, materials, and transportation to and from service-learning sites. The first deposit of $100 will be due after acceptance notification.
RegistrationApplications must be submitted by April 20, 2017. Students apply to the program and are notified by mid-March 2017 of their acceptance.  Register
SponsorsBethel University, with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Event Description

Living the Questions is a youth theology institute two-part program for high school students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who like to discuss faith questions, desire to turn their faith into action, show leadership potential, or are interested in justice. Learn more about Living the Questions.

2017 Theme: Justice and Faith

Living the Questions begins when a diverse group of high school students come together for a 10-day summer experience at Bethel University. Students will be invited to explore questions that arise at the intersection of justice and faith: What is biblical justice? Who are the oppressed in our culture today? How can I do justice? At the end of the summer experience, students participate in a 10-month leadership experience. During the 10-month leadership experience, students will meet monthly with an adult from their local church or home community. Together, they will continue to explore how to dialogue and reflect on faith questions.

During Living the Questions, students will experience:

  • Workshops with Bethel faculty and community leaders
  • Service-learning experiences to put faith in action
  • Small-group discussions and activities 
  • Bethel’s award-winning food
  • Interactive games and worship
  • New friendships with other students
  • A mentoring relationship with an adult

Students are asked to provide a reference from an adult that knows them well. References should submit information through the Reference Form


Contact Living the Questions Director Katie Friesen Smith at 651.638.6803 or


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