TMI seniors chosen for theological debate

Emily Lawitz and Rebekah Perales, both rising seniors at TMI Episcopal, were selected to attend SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society camp, held July 15-24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. High-school students are selected from across the country and gather for a week each summer to learn tools for thinking, knowledge of the Christian theological tradition, skills in public speaking and debate and to engage with topics including religion and science, social ethics and interfaith relations.

Lawitz also has accepted an invitation to represent the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on the planning team for EYE20 (the Episcopal Youth Event to be held July 7-11, 2020, at Howard University in Washington D.C. Perales is the recipient of a President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program that recognizes young adults, 16-25, for community service.

SUMMA Camp is open to high-school students, who take part in seminar discussions and attend challenging lectures in a college atmosphere.

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Emily Lawitz, left, and Rebekah Perales, seniors at TMI Episcopal, enjoy the University of the South (Sewanee) campus during SUMMA Theological camp, July 15-24. The program draws high-school seniors from across the country to learn Christian theology and public-speaking and debate skills in a college atmosphere.

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