SUMMA Theological Debate Camp

Sewanee, TN
July 16-24
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SUMMA Theological Debate Camp
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The University of the South
Sewanee, TN 37383
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SUMMA Theological Debate Camp is a summer camp for high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019. It is held every year on the campus of the University of the South and is a unique camp experience teaching participants public speaking, theology, and debate. Students learn how to think carefully, imaginatively, and fluidly; how to express themselves clearly; how to explore faith in relation to science, history, and philosophy; how to argue lovingly; and much, much more.

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is a banner program of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South. It was founded in the confidence that knowledge and reason are foundational to faith. In SUMMA, debate is taught because debating leads to clearer and more careful thinking, and clearer thinking opens pathways deeper into faith, hope, and love. Learning how to question claims, ask for evidence, and examine warrants frees students from the grip of fashionable thinking.

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

• “Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God.”
• “Euthanasia is morally justified.”
• “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus: outside the church, there is no salvation.”

Campers also participate in traditional camp activities including swimming, sports, arts & crafts, and last but not least, the SUMMA Talent Show!

As a program of the University of the South (owned by 28 dioceses of the Episcopal Church), SUMMA is grounded in the Anglican tradition. Its approach, however, is ecumenical and open to students of any faith who would like to better understand the Christian faith.

Applications are accepted until June 1:

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The Rev. Cindy Fribourgh