TAU Institute Now Accepting Student Applications

Posted by on August 9, 2016 in "Fredrikson Center", "TAU Institute", theology Applications are now being accepted for High School aged youth who want to participate in Ottawa University’s newest initiative, the TAU Institute. Part of the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality programming, the TAU Institute – Theology, Action, and Understanding – was made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc’s 2015 High School Youth Theology Institute 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.
 
 The TAU Institute aims to cultivate a new generation of morally and spiritually grounded activist-theologians who are prepared to work, intellectually and practically, across cultural and theological divides. Through the TAU Institute, 75 high school-aged youth, from both urban and rural settings in the throughout the Midwest and Arizona, will be chosen to participate in a year-long curriculum and a one-week capstone conference, free of charge. The Institute was inspired by urgent contemporary struggles for Christian meaning and action in the midst of social injustice and is built on the principle that no difference among peoples is insurmountable through faith.
 
The TAU Institute will be guided by the Rev. Dr. John Holzhüter, University Chaplain, and the theology curriculum will be designed and instructed by the Rev. Dr. Richard Menninger, OU’s Andrew B. Martin Distinguished Chair of Religion. Guest speakers from across the country in addition to local civic and non-profit leaders will be featured as part of the faith-in-action and community enhancing experiences.
 
Applications can be obtained by contacting the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality at 1-855-774-7713. Students who are enterting their sophomore, junior and senior years in high school are eligible to apply.