Youth Theology Initiative

Lipscomb University • July 5-14, 2019

ENGAGE is a high school youth theology initiative which takes place July 5-14 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the ENGAGE initiative brings together rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from racially diverse backgrounds and churches of Christ.

Together students will explore the contemporary call to racial justice and healing, the histories of both the church and the U.S. Civil Rights movement, and what it means to live a life of Christian leadership and service.

Students will spend seven days on Lipscomb’s campus, studying theology, Scripture, and history with Lipscomb professors and immersing themselves in the spiritual, cultural, historic, and entertainment opportunities available in the great city of Nashville. 

Students will spend another three days traveling outside of Nashville on the “Bus Ride to Justice,” a historical and interactive tour of various sites and memorials of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, including:

  • The Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum
  • The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL
  • The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
  • A walking tour of Montgomery and the State Capitol
  • The Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice 
  • The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center
  • Students will also have the chance to meet Dr. Fred D. Gray, legendary civil rights leader and attorney. He represented clients in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1965 Selma March, the desegregation of Alabama public schools, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

For more information, please email ENGAGE Program Director, Claire Frederick at claire.frederick@lipscomb.edu