What is Sampler?
Summer Seminary Sampler is a three week residential program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each summer participants in both the June and July sessions work on service projects, attend theological classes, shadow mentors, and spend time living in community with one another.
Classes taught by Seminary professors offer a challenge to think theologically and ethically. In addition, participants in Sampler have the opportunity to lead worship for the seminary community, join in regular morning and evening devotions, and grow in faith through time with mentors and other interesting individuals.
Mentors work as hospital chaplains, parish educators, church musicians, parish pastors, youth ministers, funeral directors, librarians, archivists, development staff, communicators, volunteer coordinators, teachers, campus pastors, deaconesses, associates-in-ministry, and a host of other fascinating careers.
Visits to Wittenberg, Capital, and Ohio State Universities provide a time to think about college and explore opportunities for campus ministry. In addition, most evenings speakers and guests share about a variety of different topics. These have included: the Holocaust, Peace Corps, Young Adults in Global Mission, the church in Africa, campus ministry, and advocacy for the poor and hungry.
Ethnic food, festivals, and baseball games are but a few of the activities that fill in free time and weekends, as well as opportunities to worship in Lutheran congregations and with people of other faiths throughout Columbus.
The friendships and experiences a person has during Sampler are lasting and diverse, and even though the program lasts a short three weeks, the memories last a lifetime!