Continuing the Journey
Why Duke Youth Academy Alumni Choose to Come Back

A record eight students enrolled at the Divinity School last fall to continue the journeys in Christian formation that brought them here years earlier to the Duke Youth Academy (DYA).

Founded in 2001, DYA invites 60 rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in two weeks of intentional Christian community each summer on the Duke University campus. Through the lens of sacramental worship, students and staff are steeped in the ancient traditions and practices of the church as they study, pray, play, create,
serve and worship together.

“DYA seems to be impacting students over the long term in ways we could only dream about when we started eight years ago,” says Fred Edie, director of the academy and assistant professor of the practice of Christian education.

Other DYA alumni are serving as youth workers, teachers in underserved communities, church educators and peace mediators, says Edie. Some have even embraced the monastic life.

“Of course, we can’t claim that we caused all this,” he adds. “But we are certainly delighted to be associated with such faithful vocational decision-making.”

Learn more about DYA 2008, which will be held July 13-26. The deadline for student applications is Feb. 16, 2008. Edieís new book, Book, Bath, Table, and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry, which is based on the Youth Academy, is reviewed in Bookmark.

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