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The 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.

Payment and Cancellations

Cost is $295.00 and covers housing, food, and all programming. Local congregations are encouraged to provide financial support. Double early-bird discounted cost is $245 through May 1. Early-bird discounted cost is $270 through June 1.

Scholarships are available. For information, please email us at

Payments can be made securely online.

Cancellations by June 15, 2019 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, Communications Coordinator, and Bethel University students who serve as counselors and activity assistants. 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.

Mentoring 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 email.

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