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Living the Questions

Date July 8 - July 14, 2018
CostCost is $295 for the 10-day stay at Bethel. This covers lodging, food, materials, and transportation to and from service-learning sites. Double early-bird discounted cost is $245 through May 1. Early-bird discounted cost is $270 through June 1. The first deposit of $100 will be due after acceptance notification.
RegistrationApplications must be submitted by July 1, 2018. Students apply to the program and are notified 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. This 10-month leadership experience begins with a 7-day summer program at Bethel University and is followed by regular meetings with an adult mentor and two retreats.  Learn more about Living the Questions.

2018 Theme: Science and Faith

Living the Questions begins when a diverse group of high school students come together for a 7-day summer program at Bethel University. Students will be invited to explore questions that arise at the intersection of SCIENCE & FAITH: Why does God care about science? Science and faith - are they really in conflict? What if God created science? At the end of the summer program, students participate in a project of their choice and meet monthly with an adult mentor from their local church or community. 

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
  • 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 smikatj@bethel.edu.


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