“Expanding Horizons” summer youth program at MC set for June 3-9, 2018

“Expanding Horizons” summer youth program at MC set for June 3-9 

Nov. 16, 2017

Expanding Horizons, a week-long residential retreat program hosted at Maryville College for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students who have a faithful interest in religion and theology and show a promise for leadership in their schools, churches and sports teams, will be held June 3-9, 2018.

The theme for Expanding Horizons 2018 is “Wild: Discovering God in the Untamed.” Students will expand their theological horizons by considering the various scriptural and theological understandings of “wild” and “untamed” depictions of animals, weather and landscapes in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament - and how those depictions influence understandings of who God is and God’s role throughout creation. Students will spend time outside, around campus and in the mountains to enhance their perspective and dive deeper into God's abounding creativity! 

“It is possible that untamed animals, and an untamed natural world, give us a glimpse into the nature of an untamed God - a God we do not control, but live in relationship with,” says Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister at Maryville College. “This week might be about recovering a sense of wonder about creation, as well as thinking hard about the ways life can seem ‘wild’ or ‘out of control,’ and how we can best live in an unpredictable, beautiful, sometimes frightening world. I can’t wait to see how our cohort comes together, explores, supports each other, and then disperses, to return to their communities with new eyes.”

Over the course of the week, youth live in community on campus; strengthen their leadership skills; and study religion and theology with the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, Maryville College faculty, and program administrator Jordan Conerty. Students are also mentored by current MC students in small groups, worship in an ecumenical setting and play in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains! 

"Expanding Horizons is a great opportunity for high school youth to experience what it's like to be a student at a church-related college, such as Maryville,” said Jordan Conerty, who is the program administrator of the Lilly Endowment-funded Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST) program at the college. “Most importantly, Expanding Horizons is a chance for students to grow in their faith in a cohort of students coming from varying backgrounds and faith perspectives.” 

Registration for Expanding Horizons will open Jan. 1, 2018. The cost of the program is $550, and a limited number of competitive scholarships are available. Students who register before March 1 are eligible to receive $100 off the cost of the program!

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Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.