Congratulations to our ACYTI Scholars and SCI Interns this summer: Greyson M. and Dylan B. You’re probably wondering what in the world ACYTI and SCI are!
ACYTI stands for Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute. ACYTI is a rare opportunity for youth grades 9-12 to ask hard questions about God and our world alongside professors esteemed in their field. I have worked with all three of this year’s ACYTI faculty and I can attest to the value of their teaching and writing: Dr. Tim Pippert of Sociology at Augsburg, Dr. Mary Lowe of Systematic Theology at Augsburg, and Dr. Eric Barreto of New Testament at Princeton. This year’s theme is “God’s Mosaic: Diversity as Good News.” The week-long program consists of a combination of worship, classroom time, diverse community-based experiences, and intentional small group conversations. Every day begins and ends with Christian worship, led in a variety of forms.
SCI stands for Summer Collaborative Internship. SCI is directly connected with this summer’s Urban VBS: a collaborative experience between ECLC, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Augsburg College. Urban VBS is an overnight camp like experience for middle-school aged youth. As a Summer Collaborative Intern they will be a vital leader at Urban VBS. The reflection and skills learned at ACYTI are applied at Urban VBS as they lead middle-schoolers through this two day experience. The greatest value of Urban VBS is the coming-together of youth from three congregations of different contexts. Whether you live closer to North Minneapolis or Edina, they will be brought into relationship with children, youth, and adults from a variety of social contexts. True justice starts with solidarity, and true solidarity begins with friendships. Urban VBS is the place where those friendships are formed.
AND if you’ve completed grades 4-8 you gotta register to participate in Urban VBS. It’ll be a blast! Registration forms are in the kiosk by the front entrance. August 12-13 at Augsburg College. Give your registration form to Kelly Rowley by July 20th!
Congratulations Grey and Dylan!
~ J.D. Mechelke, High School Youth Minister