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FaithActs Summer Youth Theology Institute, June 15-19, 2020

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Though this event takes place online this year, it promises to be fun and inspiring. It involves engagement with the relevant sciences and an exploration of Christianity's rich biblical and theological traditions. Participants will discern how their faith can help them become leaders in support of creation and environmental justice. They can also earn 3 college credits. Participants

  • explore faith's implications for creation
  • learn social analysis and theological reflection
  • collaborate with high school students from across South Louisiana and from across the country
  • undertake community service

Faith Acts invites students to think theologically and explore answers to questions such as:

  • What does faith require of us with regard to creation and environmental justice?
  • What is God's will with and for us?
  • What am I called to create?

We invite you to share in the great work of strengthening your faith, exploring your true self, asking big questions, and leading the future!

Daily Schedule

  • Monday starts at 12:30; every other day starts at 9:00 AM and ends around 9:00 PM. Each day involves approximately three 90-minute Zoom meetings followed by projects, small-group activities, movies, prayer and reflection. Below are the kinds of activities involved. 
  • Breakfast
  • Morning prayer
  • Large-group, small-group project or activity
  • Lunch and break
  • Afternoon instruction and reflection on theology and ecology
  • Reflection in small groups
  • Spiritual formation activity
  • Dinner
  • Evening programming
  • Evening prayer and journaling

Sample Activities

  • exploring the theology of creation, sustainability, missionary discipleship, Catholic Social Teaching, and Ignatian spirituality with Loyola University faculty
  • studying the implications of social justice for ensuring all members of the Earth community flourish
  • engaging in theological and ecological dialogue with peers, Loyola student mentors, and Loyola faculty
  • sharing faith in small group conversations led by Loyola student mentors
  • reflecting on what God is calling us to do with our lives
  • celebrating the liturgy
  • practicing finding God in all things

 

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For more information, please contact Diane Blair at 504-865-3399 or dblair@loyno.edu