SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society offers high school students (entering grades 9-12) a uniquely meaningful experience including:
- Tools for thinking,
- Knowledge of the Christian theological tradition,
- Skill in public speaking and debate, and
- Cutting-edge engagement with topics such as religion and science, social ethics, and interfaith relations.
This comes with fun, friendship, and the opportunity for a deepened and more thoughtful faith, all while spending a summer week on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States!
Welcome to SUMMA! SUMMA Theological Debate Society is a fantastic opportunity for high school students to build their faith through intellectual channels. Held every summer on the campus of the School of Theology at the University of the South, SUMMA camp offers a rich, meaningful experience, and a chance to make lifelong friends.
The Summer 2016 session of SUMMA camp will be held July 18–26, 2016. Apply now!
More information about the Summer 2016 Camp—including an application—is available on our 2016 Camp page, or by emailing program director Rev. Cindy Fribourgh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 501-580-9066.
Beecken Center News
May 13, 2015
The Bible Challenge offers an option not only for private study but also for congregations to explore together how this ancient and fundamentally informing text, so taken for granted, so often used for good and ill, still has power for Christians to renew their faith and inform their imagination. The Bible Challenge, which offers a year-long course of study for churches and individuals to daily engage the Old and New Testaments, has been an instrument not only for scriptural literacy but also for awakening the immense human hunger for “the abundant life.” This path offers an opportunity to see beyond scripture as a set of prescriptions for the human condition or propositions to be explored: to see into the reality of Scripture as a record of divine-human relationships and to see ourselves as invited inside this great mystery.
What do you get when you enter into holy conversations? What do you experience when you seek to listen from the spiritual heart rather than the ego-centered place of ambition, competition, and demand? What do you get when nearly thirty people–both lay and ordained–from seven states come together to share their experiences of ministry? You get the incredible space that was initiated in the first Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership workshop, held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn.
Beecken Center Events
October 11 - 13, 2016
The Beecken Center is proud to partner with the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) to host this three-day course, Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Leader. The work of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate transitional leadership. The course introduces foundational theories that are key to interim ministry, and class hours are devoted to providing opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story.
August 8, 2016
This curriculum—presented at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network—provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The modules demonstrate how diverse religious and cultural practice and collaboration increases partner capabilities and builds whole-community resilience. The course offers tools (tip sheets & a field guide set) and foundational skills to competently engage religious leaders and congregations in the field.
August 9 - 10, 2016
The Beecken Center, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplaincy training at the beautiful Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn., August 9-10, 2016 (download a schedule here). Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.