YTM Summer Institute 2014
Theology Class Choices
(Summer 1 Youth Only)

Listed below are the YTM theology courses which will be held Monday through Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. You will be attending one of these courses for two weeks. Please rank the courses for your preferred choice 1-3. We will be dividing the group up so each class has about 10-12 students. We will make every effort to arrange that each person receives one of their top choices.
Please rank your class preference (1 = First choice, 2 = Second choice, 3 = Third Choice) See course information below:

Art Journaling: Praying in Color

Are you ready to explore the creativity into your life? Are you ready to pray and play? Are you ready to be creative every single day? Jesus said, ‘Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your heart. Matthew 5:16You will come to realize that art will make a difference and will add a new dimension to your prayer life. Art Journaling is a means of expression that explores our creativity using various art mediums as we learn how to speak with paper, color, found materials, squiggly lines and intriguing textures. Let your inner artist teach you how to use art journaling as a way to set fire to your sense of artistic play “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”-( Pablo Picasso). Your question is this, “Have you allowed yourself to ‘grow up’ in the world of art?”

Instructor: Cherie Roshau grew up in Wibaux, Montana, in a family of twelve. Since a young child, she has leaned deeply into all forms of art. She watched her mother paint and dreamed some day of doing the same. She teaches art at Trinity High School and has taught art at the women’s correctional center and to federally incarcerated juveniles. She continues to enjoy teaching young people about the wonders of art. She and her husband Ken have three grown children, Elise, Heidi and Brant. They are both graduates of the YTM Pastoral Ministry Program. Ken continues to be her rock and support as she ventures out into a world that continues to challenge her to explore new ways of expression. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, colored pencil and graphite pencil. She works in a variety of styles, but is known especially for her portraiture work. Art is an expression of any given human being to another…or to the self. Her art room at school contains the art of many “budding” artists including her grandchildren.

Prophets of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Leading people to social change that reflects God's justice and love for all

What can the prophets of yesterday tell us about our role as Christians today? This course will investigate the connection between prophets of the past and our call to discipleship in the modern world. Students will explore the major /minor prophets of the Old Testament with emphasis on historical context, literary style and how social justice was an integral part of God’s message to the people. Students will also apply the message of the prophets to the social issues needing attention in the world today and discover their own role in bringing about God’s justice and love!

Instructor: Donelle Poling was a high school theology teacher and campus minister for six years at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN. She has taught scripture, sacraments, church history, grief and loss, prayer and spirituality and social justice. She currently is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN. She lives in Richfield, MN with her husband and two children.

Hidden Treasures in the Covenants of God

In the writing of the Islamic tradition God says, “I was a hidden treasure and desired to be known, so I created the world.” This desire of God’s to be known to his creation has been made real through covenant relationships with the Israelite people of the Hebrew Scriptures. Time and time again, God came to them, initiating an agreement full of promises that were summed up by saying, “You will be my people, and I will be your God.” Jesus, in the Eucharist, continues the theme of covenant by inviting us to be a people of God. What treasure will you find in covenant relationship with our God? In this course, we will study the covenants of the Hebrew Scriptures including that which was made with Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, King David, the exiles in Babylon, and finally, the covenant that Jesus instituted at the Last Supper, in the Eucharist.

Instructor: Kathy Janku is a consultant with The Saint John’s Bible project and Seeing the Word. She taught THEO 111 at Saint John’s University/College of Saint Benedict this past semester and is also the Director of Sacramental Preparation at the Church of St. Joseph in St. Joseph. Kathy is a 2010 graduate of the Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary with a Master of Arts in Scripture.