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Parent Information

Vision for Living The Questions

We purpose to provide your son or daughter the time, place, and tools to think theologically and discern God’s calling. Our goals are to guide and facilitate:

  • the development of thinking theologically by exploring relevant questions raised by topics such as justice, science, and media,
  • understanding and appreciation for how God’s presence connects with human needs through service learning, and
  • engagement in reflective discussion to better understand gifts and explore calling.

What is the 2017 theme?

JUSTICE & FAITH will provide an intentional experience for students to discuss, reflect, and learn tools to navigate difficult questions like:

  •  Why does God care about justice?
  •  What does justice look like?
  •  How to do justice in a broken world?

Forms to Be Signed by Parent/Guardian

Parents/Guardians need to complete and return the following forms, either electronically (living-the-questions@bethel.edu) or by mail, by June 29, 2017. 

Payment and Cancellations

Payments are due June 29, 2017 and can be made securely online.

Scholarships are available. For information, please email us at living-the-questions@bethel.edu.

Cancellations by June 15, 2017 will receive a refund minus $50 nonrefundable deposit. There are no refunds after June 15th.

Summer Institute Safety and Supervision

About the Staff

Your son or daughter will be under the care and guidance of the Living The Questions leadership team, which includes the Director, Program Assistant, and Bethel University students who serve as counselors. We want you to know that your child is in good hands.

Safety Measures

Housing: Students will be staying in one of Bethel's residence halls. The suite style room includes 3 bedrooms, living room with couch and coffee table, kitchenette, and bathroom. Amenities also include lounge, fitness center, and recreation (i.e. ping-pong, air hockey). All residence hall doors remain locked 24 hours a day. Students will be given a card for secured access.

Security and Safety: Bethel security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, each day of the year, patrolling and monitoring campus grounds, buildings, and parking lots. Emergency medical response is among one of the many services they provide.

Creating an Environment for All

We desire for students to have an experience in a natural setting where everyday distractions are limited. We appreciate your student arriving with the understanding that this is an opportunity to unplug from phone calls, texting, and social media while they are here.

Please leave at home all expensive jewelry and electronics (i.e. TVs, video games).

Students shall not have or use fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, non-prescribed drugs and weapons of any kind.

Daily Schedule

Wondering what your son or daughter will be doing each day? See the schedule.

Invitation to Participate in Summer Institute

We welcome parents/guardians to the opening and closing events to help facilitate conversation about Living The Questions. More information will be provided as the dates draw closer.

Leadership Experience

After the summer institute, students will meet monthly with an adult mentor from their church. Read more about the mentor role.

Contact Information

You are invited to contact the director, Katie Friesen Smith, with any needs, be they financial, health, safety, travel, or otherwise. Katie can be reached via phone or email.