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A Biblical View of Work

By Sam Ingalls (Connecticut) Coming into Summit Semester, there was a lot I wasn’t aware the class would be doing, such as adventures, trips, solitude times, and work crews. My first thought when I heard that we’d be doing a work crew for a few hours every Tuesday and Friday was, “whoa, whoa, hold on… I did not sign up for this.” “whoa, whoa, hold on… I did not sign up for this.” How selfish is… Read More →A Biblical View of Work

Dr. Gary Hartenburg: Philosophy at Semester

By Eliezar Maldonado (Texas) A normal person probably would not choose to live in close proximity with 32 strangers for twelve weeks in the mountains and also ask to be challenged every day intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. But that’s Summit Semester! It’s been crazy, confusing and hard at times but also an answer to my prayers. I have grown, learned to love others better, and appreciated my God more. I am incredibly thankful and appreciative of… Read More →Dr. Gary Hartenburg: Philosophy at Semester

The Ups and Downs of Alumni Weekend

By Christian Wood (Vermont) As time goes on there comes a time in everyone’s life where there is some kind of discomfort, an overwhelming feeling that something isn’t right. This feeling can be anything; a place of feeling vulnerable, playing a position in a sports game you are not used to, being in an uncomfortable seat, or having people in your home that you’ve never met before. Summit Semester has been a place of almost every… Read More →The Ups and Downs of Alumni Weekend

The Summit Semester Kitchen

By Rose Rumpel (Florida) It has always been my belief that the heart of every good home is the kitchen and, as my temporary home, Summit Semester has not disappointed. Usually, when catering to large groups of people, the kitchen is generally off limits and the cooks are in the background. This is not the case at Summit. Here, the kitchen is a central part of life. It is open for students to use or hang out… Read More →The Summit Semester Kitchen

Durango Adventure

By Luke Holm (North Carolina) Saturday, September Thirteenth: A crying pain in the ear slowly growing, an unnerving voice and then nothing, peace, and quiet once again. Unfortunately, that beautiful silence never lasts. Within minutes another alarm goes off, this time my very own warning me I have five minutes to shower and dress for breakfast before being late. Like many other students here at Summit Ministries’ Semester Program, the night before involved little sleep… Read More →Durango Adventure

A Return to Silence

By Lauren Hoffman (Texas) All week in class we are asked questions we have never heard before – What is good? What does it mean to be a human? How do you explain the Trinity? – and outside class we have the writings of C.S. Lewis, Plato, Shakespeare, and many others stacked on our desks, waiting to be read. Information is being poured on us by the buckets, and all of it is new and… Read More →A Return to Silence

A Day in the Life at Summit Semester

By David Mueller (New Mexico) A normal day here at Summit Semester starts at 7:48 am. You roll out of bed to the sound of your alarm, you scramble for pants, a clean shirt, and socks as the remaining time before breakfast fades from two minutes to one. The slight snag of your left sock on a toe brings the unwanted reward of the sound of the doxology as you reach the bottom of the… Read More →A Day in the Life at Summit Semester

Road Trip Memories

By April Salan (Pennsylvania) I have many favorite things about Semester so far, but if I was required to pick one, it would definitely be the people. The staff and my fellow students are some of the most wonderful group of individuals I’ve had the pleasure of living with. From dish pit to dancing nights to work on [project] crews, we never cease to find ways to bond with each other. One of the things I have… Read More →Road Trip Memories

A Small Defense of Community and A Serious Discussion about the Bible

By Katherine Whiteman (Texas) Greetings Summit Semester observers! This blog is for those who are seeking to get a glimpse of what the heck all forty or so of us are doing up here in the mountains of Colorado… by ourselves… with no connection to the outside world. We try our darndest to distinguish ourselves from your stereotypical idea of a cult. We avoid things like celebrating dictators’ birthdays (even if Mussolini’s birthday is the… Read More →A Small Defense of Community and A Serious Discussion about the Bible

Colorado Sunrise

By Hayden Keller Snow Wolf Lodge is eerie in the early morning. When something that is usually so full of life and happening is silent and lifeless it is a little ominous. When all the lights are out and long before the sun even thinks about rising the only thing that gives light is the vending machine and the glowing of a few green exit signs. It is almost otherworldly the way things reflect this… Read More →Colorado Sunrise

A Trip They Won’t Forget

By Gracie Jacobs Taking thirty-two students four hours one way into the heights of the Rocky Mountains is supposed to be memorable. The problem is, that day and most of the memories that came with the trip into Ouray, Colorado will forever be lost to me. I’m sure that the van rides were full of competing playlists, window shenanigans, and, of course, lots of naps. Some students say we ran Chinese Fire Drills, frantically switching… Read More →A Trip They Won’t Forget

Grand Canyon Adventure

By Raelyn Gabrel Summit Semester’s trip to the Grand Canyon this year was a memorable experience for all who went. The drive to and from the Grand Canyon was long, and most of us used at least some of that time catching up on much-needed sleep. Once at our campsite we set up our tents and hammocks for the night and had a hurried dinner so we could go see the sunset and the Grand Canyon… Read More →Grand Canyon Adventure

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