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Have you ever wondered about God, the meaning of your life, or what it really means to be a person of faith? Are you trying to figure out what God might be calling you to do with your life? Are you still trying to understand what it means to be a Lutheran Christian? Then come to Bishop’s School, a five-day learning opportunity for high school youth that includes seminary professors, pastors, seminarians, a community of peers, and a bishop-in-residence. There will be inspiring worship, engaging classes on theology, scripture, and church history, small groups for reflection and discussion, and service opportunities.

For more than 25 years Region 9 of the ELCA has offered an opportunity for serious theological study known as Bishop’s School for outstanding high school students (those who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade). It has been a life-changing experience for many. The purpose of Bishop’s School is to provide an in-depth exposure to solid theological thinking and inquiry. This experience brings together about 30 high school youth who will spend five days together with faculty from ELCA colleges and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and one of the bishops in Region 9.  The enclosed flyer for the 2017 Bishop’s School provides more details on the upcoming school which will be held at Camp Kinard in Leesville, SC, July 25-29, 2017.

Nominations for the 2017 Region 9 Bishop’s School can be made via the online form scsynod.us/bishops-school This form includes information about the nominee and nominator, your letter of recommendation and a written reflection from the nominee. Candidates to consider are those students who ask the hard questions, stand out in confirmation classes, and exhibit a yearning to deepen their faith and explore their relationship with God in more depth.  From all the names submitted to Region 9, up to eight youth from our synod will be chosen to attend the 2017 Bishops’ School.  Please give this request prayerful consideration and submit your nominations no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

There is a non-refundable fee of $450 per person to attend Bishops’ School.  It is requested that payment of this fee be divided equally into three installments of $150 paid by the synod, congregation, and individual.  This fee covers all housing and meals during the event. Transportation costs are not included.  For those who are chosen to attend, the first installment will be due at the time of acceptance.

If you have questions about the 2017 Bishop’s School, please contact The Rev. Dave Delaney (delaney@vasynod.org or 540-389-1000) and or Ms. Tiffany Pieters in the Region 9 office (tiffany@scsynod.com or 803-509-8319). We look forward to receiving your nominations.