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The George Fox University Summer Theology Institute

About Us


Funded through the Lilly Endowment Inc., Theologia is a week-long institute on the George Fox University Newberg campus, where rising high school juniors and seniors will learn theology that connects to their own personal lives. Scholars will enter a pre-college experience, staying in the dormitories alongside the staff, eating in the Canyon Commons, and learning from George Fox professors.


Led by current George Fox professors and students, each day will feature interaction with a key theological idea. Theologia Scholars will explore these ideas not only in the classroom, but also through diverse and transformational hands-on experiences all across the city.


Drawing from Scripture and the rich history of the Christian tradition, we want to encourage young adults to deepen their theological understanding and equip them for God’s work in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions about Theologia

While the word “theology” literally means “the study of God” or “speaking about God,” theology is so much more than that. For Christians, theology is an ongoing conversation with and about the God we worship as revealed in Jesus Christ. It’s as much an everyday practice as it is an academic pursuit.
Theologia is a weeklong summer camp hosted by George Fox University where high school students can experience God in the context of fellowship, friendship, and fun! It’s more than a typical summer camp—it’s a space of rich exploration into how God relates to us and our wider world. It’s a community where we’re all safe to ask the deep questions: Who is God? Who am I? Where do I belong? What is my purpose?
Theologia exists to give high school students a taste of college as they explore their questions about God and identity alongside peers. It’s an opportunity for teens to experience university life in a safe and fun Christian environment alongside professors and college students, as well as make lifelong friendships with other high schoolers.
Our goal in creating Theologia is to strengthen the faith of high schoolers in partnership with their pastors and parents. We want to serve the local church by providing a unique discipleship opportunity for teens who are exploring their vocation and desire to go deeper in their faith. As a Christian university, we desire to serve churches and ministries so that congregations can thrive, and we believe spiritually investing in the emerging generation is vital for such thriving.
Theologia is for high school students (mainly current sophomores and juniors) looking to have a pre-college experience and wanting to grow in their relationship with God and others. If you’re in high school and you’d like to spend a week learning and deepening your faith in Christ, Theologia is for you! Apply HERE today!
Theologia costs $350 per student. This includes all meals and lodging for the week. We don’t want cost to prohibit anyone from attending—information for financial assistance can be requested on the application.
At Theologia, we focus on an overarching theological theme and explore different aspects of that theme each day. Here’s how a typical day looks:
  • We start our day with Scripture and worship, followed by college-level workshops led by George Fox faculty.
  • Afternoons are full of activities and field trips and the day closes with a time of worship, reflection, and small groups.
  • There is a lot of fun (and food!) in between, with plenty of unprogrammed time to have conversations, play games, and simply be together.
Beyond the schedule, what really happens at Theologia is this: students’ lives are transformed by Christ as we do life together for a week in the summer!