Open Table: July 14-21, 2019

Be challenged intellectually, theologically, and spiritually.

The Open Table Youth Theology Institute is a weeklong immersion experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the University of Evansville. Students will stay in the residence halls on campus, live together in community, and immerse themselves in learning and theological exploration with university faculty, clergy, college mentors, and student peers.

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Open Table students will embody the community modeled by Jesus in the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Mark 6: 34-44). As part of the weeklong experience, students will attend Friday prayers (Jummah) at the local Islamic Center and Sabbath (Shabbat) at the Jewish Temple. The week will be filled with worship experiences, small groups sessions, theology classes, field trips, fun, and fellowship!

The capstone of Open Table is the Credo; students will give voice to their own theology and faith tradition. They will have the opportunity to provide practical answers to questions like: how do we emulate hospitality as a community of faith? Who is invited to our table? Who is left out? After a weeklong theological experience, students will take ownership of their faith and go back to their faith communities inspired to engage the world with new eyes and open hearts.

Interactive Learning

Throughout the week you will engage the sacred texts within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. You will immerse yourself in a weeklong discussion about your faith with other high school students and you will learn from faculty and religious leaders who will guide you through a fascinating exploration of hospitality in the Abrahamic texts.

Experience College Life

Open Table is located on the campus of the University of Evansville. You will spend a week on campus living in a residence hall, eating in the Ridgway University Center dining hall, praying in sacred space on campus, and learning more about college life.

Program Highlights:

  • Introduction to walking the Labyrinth
  • Popcorn and Movie Nights
  • Morning Prayers
  • Bowling
  • Theology classes
  • Field trips to Islamic Center and Jewish Temple
  • Journaling
  • Night Prayers with Holy Communion
  • Forming Friendships that will last a lifetime

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