YTM Summer Institute 2016
Theology Class Choices
(Summer 1 Youth Only)

Listed below are the YTM theology courses which will be held Monday through Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. You will be attending one of these courses for two weeks. Please rank the courses for your preferred choice. We will be dividing the group up so each class has about 12-15 students. We will make every effort to arrange that each person receives their top choice, but we cannot make any guarantees that this will be possible.
Please rank your class preference: 1 = First choice, 2 = Second choice. (See course information below.)

Prophets: Social Change and God's Justice - 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 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!

Donelle Poling is the director of Youth Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, MN. She 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 lives in Richfield, MN with her husband and two children.

Activists, Artists, and Advocates: Agents of Change - Caring for Creation

What can we learn from saints, witnesses, and prophets who courageously and creatively show us ways to be agents of change? In this class, we will learn about the varied paths taken by individuals (past and present) whose commitment to all of creation brought together their deep gladness and the world’s greatest need. Together, we will explore the ways their contributions intersect with the challenges and questions reflected in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si'. We will also look at our own gifts and talents to determine ways we may, as Gandhi says, “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Prepare to carry out this investigation in and outside the classroom.

Dr. Rebecca Berru Davis has taught theology at Saint John’s University and at the School of Theology and Seminary. Rebecca received her doctorate in the area of Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her interests are focused on ways that faith and justice are expressed through spirituality, culture, and the arts.