Are you or do you know a high school aged student who is willing to take a chance on something new and exciting? Who wants to grow both personally and spiritually? Who is curious about the connections between faith and social justice? Who loves learning, leading, and loving? If so, send them to YETI 2021.” For more information, please visit us at www.pfeifferyeti.com or contact Rev. Perry Washington Jr. at [email protected] or (704) 463-3441.
Reverend Perry Washington Jr. is the Director of YeTI. In this role, he will develop and lead the institute's strategic plan, fundraising efforts, and daily operations. He will also join the department's stellar faculty. A native of the Mississippi Delta, Rev. Washington joins Pfeiffer after living in Metro Atlanta for seven years. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Morehouse College, an M.A. in Religion and Education from The Interdenominational Theological Center, and is completing a thesis for the Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He brings more than five years of professional experience in higher-ed administration, public policy, nonprofit leadership, legislative affairs, and ministerial leadership.
What is the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute (YeTI)?
"The mission of the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute is to develop disciplined, socially conscious [young] practitioners of the faith," says Rev. Washington. "YeTI holds the personal story of each participant in a sacred community while empowering them to return home and effect change. This institute seeks to radically embrace the work of intersectionality by bringing theological inquiry to social location through the analysis and contextualization of world events, international humanitarian issues, and marginalized/"disinherited" identities. Partnering with 29 congregations and 31 faith-based organizations, participants, mentors, and leaders engage in activities and discussions that serve to expand the participants' understanding of ministry and invites them to consider their future in ministry. Of these participants, six are now serving their communities in nonprofits, full-time Christian ministry, or are in seminary. At the heart of Pfeiffer's mission is servant leadership. As YeTI's mission seeks to be aligned with the mission of the university, our program equips youth with an embodied, responsive theology."
Where will YeTI take place?
Students will experience Pfeiffer University’s undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, N.C.
What can I expect during a typical day?
Mornings provide time for dynamic group study. Students will engage the Bible, Wesleyan theology, literature and church in the 21st century.
Afternoons feature experiential learning opportunities such as service projects, field trips, outdoor leadership training and more. Each day includes worship and experiencing a “rule of life” expressed through prayer, reflective scripture reading and a variety of hospitality and service opportunities.
Who will lead YeTI?
Pfeiffer University’s faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as alumni and personnel from related programs (i.e, General Board of Church and Society, Missional Wisdom Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary), will be on site to lead programming and oversee activities. Dr. Doug Hume, associate professor of religion, will provide overall program oversight.
What is the Cost to Participate?
Generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc. makes it possible to offer the Pfeiffer Youth Institute. Each YeTI attendee who later enrolls at Pfeiffer University as a full-time student is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship (renewable annually upon review).