Nine state schools among 82 getting $45M in theology grants

Nine Indiana schools are among 82 private, four-year colleges and universities nationwide that will share nearly $45 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop youth theology institutes.

The Indianapolis-based endowment announced the grants Monday as part of its effort to identify and cultivate theologically minded youth who will become leaders in their churches and society.

“These colleges and universities are well-positioned to reach out to high school students in this way,” Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the endowment, said in a written statement. “They have outstanding faculty in theology and religion who know how to help young people explore the wisdom of religious traditions and apply these insights to contemporary challenges.” 

The endowment says the 82 grantees are creating summer institutes and other programs to encourage young people to study theology and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

The Indiana schools include Goshen, Holy Cross, St. Mary's and Wabash colleges; Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan, Marian and Taylor universities; and the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.

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