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Georgetown College gets nearly $600,000 to establish theological program

Georgetown College has received a $598,000 grant to establish Faithways Academy, a 12-day summer program for high school youth.

The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

Faithways Academy is an on-campus living experience for rising sophomores to graduating seniors from all denominations. The program includes instruction in biblical knowledge and interpretation, church tradition and theology, worship, Christian ethics, travel for a mission experience and recreational community-building activities.

“We are excited to expand our offerings so high school students can learn from our faculty and explore the world of faith and service,” said Roger Ward, director of the Center for Christian Discernment at Georgetown.

The academy is scheduled to begin in June 2016. Information about registration and tuition will be available on the college website in March 2016.

Georgetown College is one of 82 schools participating in the initiative. The schools are located in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Although some schools are independent, many reflect the religious heritage of their founding traditions. These traditions include Baptist, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, as well as Roman Catholic, non-denominational, Pentecostal and historic African-American Christian communities.

The endowment is giving $44.5 million in grants to help a select group of private four-year colleges and universities around the nation to create the institutes. The grants are part of the endowment’s commitment to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in church and society.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development.