The Department of Religious and Pastoral Studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph is pleased to present our 13th Summer Spirituality Institute

Sustaining the Sacred Web of Creation

Join us for a week of guest speakers, academic courses, and renewing reflection that will deepen your understanding of spirituality in today’s world.

Our theme this year addresses sustainable foodways and spirituality, spirituality and wellness, literature/nature and environment, healing and loving creation, bringing about a sustainable reign of God, and environmental ethics. 

Guest Lectures

These presentations, free and open to the public, are held at EarthConnection, a beautifully innovative building created from recycled materials, on the grounds adjacent to campus. View our Summer Spirituality Institute lecture series.

Keynote Speaker

Kyle Kramer, M.Div.

Kyle Kramer, M.Div., is the founder, owner, and operator of Genesis Organic Farm, a 27-acre fruit and vegetable market farm that he started in 1999.

He is also the director of lay degree programs at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and the director of liturgical music at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He was a contributor and regular columnist for America Magazine from 2007 to 2013. Kramer is also the author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt.

Previously, he taught English literature and grammar, religion, and philosophy at Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, and was a service team leader for the 1997 Youth Theological Institute at Emory University. He holds undergraduate degrees in religious studies and Germanic studies from Indiana University and a Master of Divinity from Emory University.

Spirituality Institute Courses

The courses are held each day, June 23 through June 27, and are each worth three credit hours. Courses can be taken for graduate, undergraduate or CEU credit, as well as audited. Pre-and post-assignments are required. View all of our Summer Spirituality Institute courses.

Institute courses and lectures will benefit both professionals working in pastoral and spiritual care, as well as individuals who want to renew and grow their spiritual connections. The Institute over the years has attracted people from all over the country, including:

  • Lead and associate pastors
  • Chaplains
  • Lay ministers
  • Youth leaders
  • Worship directors
  • Health care professionals
  • Religious educators
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Adults who want to explore personal spirituality