SUMMA Camp, Summer 2016

SUMMA Theological Debate Society’s summer 2016 camp will be held July 18–26, 2016 at the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.

Camp Cost: $750 includes room, all meals, and all materials.
Students with demonstrated financial need may apply for a limited number of full and partial scholarships.

Apply here.

What to expect

SUMMA Camp’s classroom atmosphere is college-like with challenging lectures and stimulating seminar discussions.

Camp is not all work, though! Laughter is resonant in the classrooms and dorms, and there is plenty of time for soccer, basketball, games, movies, and even bowling. Each day begins and ends with prayer and contemplative reflection. “Speaking truth in love” is a practice followed throughout the camp.

On the first day of camp, a resolution is introduced, which will be the focus of debate in the coming week. Some of the propositions debated by SUMMA participants in the past include:

Summer 2015
Resolved: “Euthanasia is morally justified.”

Spring, 2014
Resolved: "Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God." (The Book of Common Prayer)

Summer, 2013
Resolved: "Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus: outside the church, there is no salvation."

Spring, 2013
Resolved: "Complete separation between the state and religion is best for the state and best for religion." (Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter)

Summer, 2012
Resolved: "Capital punishment is morally justified."