Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the 16th annual The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute June 27-July 8, 2012. Since 1997, the Miller Summer Youth Institute has drawn high school seniors from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, Calif., Canby, Minn., to Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico and everywhere in between. These scholars come from small parishes and big steeples, big cities and small towns, U.S. territories and Indian Nations, representing all walks of life and theological perspectives within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They come to Pittsburgh Seminary to ask deep questions about life and faith, to think critically about these issues, and to explore ministry from the pulpit and the pews.

This year, the Miller Summer Youth Institute will go to the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Every other year, Presbyterians from all around the country gather to learn, to worship, and to help guide the Church. In 2012, General Assembly will be taking place in Pittsburgh—the home of SYI. Participants will be able to prepare for this event by learning about Presbyterian polity, theology, worship and sacraments, and understanding of Scripture. Following GA, the students will discuss the events and decisions with today’s leading theologians, scholars, and authors. “Hopefully it will give the scholars and GA a sense that young people are asking big questions, struggling with theological issues, and longing for a way to influence the world through their faith,” says the Rev. Erin Davenport '05, director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute.

Tuition, room, board, and field trips for SYI participants are free thanks in part to the Lilly Endowment Inc. and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary donors. For more information about the Miller Summer Youth Institute, contact Davenport at 412-924-1405, e-mail syi@testsite.pts.edu or visit www.testsite.pts.edu/SYI.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.