High school and university students attending the annual Spirituality and Leadership Institute (SLI) at Caldwell University explored some of the deeper questions of life, like how to become a leader or how to develop their talents and gifts to serve others.

“Building Up Communities” was the theme of the institute that was held July 14-19 and included speakers and discussions that focused on topics like digital citizenship, contemplation and servant leadership.

Director of SLI, Kyle Bennett, Ph.D. said the students discussed how to serve their neighbors in their daily activities of talking, thinking and even tweeting. This, he said, will “show others an alternative way of living that promotes public justice and seeks the common good.”

“At SLI, we believe that leaders are those who are deliberate about how they engage in these activities and to what end,” said Bennett who is chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the university.