Youth Theological Studies

St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s Pinkard Scholars is the cornerstone of Youth Theological Studies at SMSU.   The high school juniors admitted to this challenging course, RLST235: Foundations for Dialogue: Theology and  Culture, explore and increase their understanding of:

  • The Theology of God and the Existence of Evil;
  • The Person and Works of Jesus Christ;
  • Humanity, Sin, Grace, and Hope;
  • The cultural reality of Human Trafficking with a specific focus on where God, Christ, Sin and Grace interact.

As the Pinkard Scholars learn to articulate and grapple with these explorations they, both as individuals and as a small learning community, broaden their capacity:

  • to engage consciously in the dialogue between theology and culture.
  • to develop and deepen the critical thinking, theological reflection and dialogue skills needed for social, ecumenical, and interfaith dialogue
  • to contemplate the concept of call and how they might make a difference in the world and in their present sphere of influence
  • to envision the cultivation of a culture of peace in the midst of human suffering and systemic violence

Pinkard Scholars Program

The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year will open this spring. For further information call the Youth Office: 410-864-4157 or email: youth@stmarys.edu.  Applicants only accepted through nomination. Please see brochure.