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 Work 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 Celebrates its 15th Year!

It’s a great time to be a Pinkard Scholar!  Apply now and help us celebrate our 15th anniversary.  The application period for the 2015 academic year is  now open until May 1, 2015.  For further information call the Youth Office: 410-864-4157 or email:  Applicants only accepted through nomination. Please see brochure.