Summer Seminary Sampler

sampler 01Summer Seminary Sampler is a residential program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, that encourages young adults to participate in service projects, explore vocational options in Christ’s church, and think theologically.

Students who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school come together to serve in agencies throughout Columbus, reflect on their faith in classes and seminars, learn from mentors, and experience community.

This year the Summer Seminary Sampler program will host three, two-week sessions—the first one in June (15-27) and the others in July (6-19) and August (July 27 - August 9). Each session has its own theme. Week One focuses on Urban Ministry. Week Two emphasizes how the Church can serve persons with special needs and developmental disabilities. Week Three creates opportunities to dialogue on interfaith issues. What does it mean to be Christian in an interfaith world?

About 70 percent of former Samplarians—the name given to participants in the program—have gone on to study religion and theology in their colleges and universities, and about 20 percent have enrolled in master’s level theological studies. Many continue to share stories about the program’s lasting influence on their lives.

sampler 02Summer Seminary Sampler was founded in 1999 with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., and has continued through the generosity of individual donors and congregations. You and your congregation can participate in the church’s future by referring outstanding young people to the program or by providing a financial gift.
Summer Seminary Sampler Forms:
file pdf 2014 Recommendation Form

To apply online, click here.

In addition to your recommendation and online application, please also submit a copy of your high school transcript(s) to Claire Hammer at 2199 East Main Street, Columbus, OH, 43209.
Summer Seminary Sampler Contact:
Summer Seminary Sampler
(614) 235-4136 x4623
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