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Defending Life Summer Institute

Equipping Pro-Life Leaders for Strategic Advocacy and Kingdom Impact

We are excited to announce the inaugural year of Cedarville University’s Defending Life Summer Institute. 

This program is uniquely designed to equip current and future pro-life leaders to advocate for the life of the unborn. With Roe v. Wade under review by the Supreme Court right now, the gravity of this need has never been greater! We need to be training and equipping leaders who will advocate for life with conviction and Christ-like compassion.

This summer's Institute will offer two very practical and engaging sessions:

You may attend either week or both. Each course may be taken for undergraduate credit (admission to Cedarville University required) or as a continuing education course. High school students enrolled in the dual enrollment program are welcome.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with a passion for life and a desire to advocate for the life of the unborn in our nation should consider attending the Defending Life Summer Institute!

  • High school students
  • Current undergraduate students pursuing careers in social work, advocacy, strategic communication, etc.
  • Leaders and staff in the pro-life field
  • Pastors and church leaders seeking to engage their church family on these issues

How Do I Register?

Follow the directions below to register for one or both courses. Please understand that, once registered and the course begins, you will not be able to switch between the credit and non-credit options. If you change your mind after you have registered but before the course begins (May 9), please contact your advisor or Jason Frieling, Coordinator of Continuing Education at (937) 766-7915.

  • Earn Cedarville University Transcript Credit
    • Current Cedarville University students need to select these courses using the Student Planner Tool.  Be sure to work with your advisor for approval.
    • Current high school students enrolled in the CU dual enrollment program need to contact their dual enrollment advisor for registration. High school students new to CU dual enrollment can apply to be enrolled here.
    • If you'd like to become a Cedarville student and start earning university credit through these courses, apply here.
  • Continuing Education (Non-Credit)
    • Participants not desiring university credit can register immediately through CU Enrich.

Course Descriptions

The courses are intended, but not required, to be taken sequentially. Course assignments are scheduled to minimize your workload on any given day.

  • Rhetoric of Abortion Ethics - COMM-3901
    • Required Textbooks
      • Klusendorf, Scott, The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture (Wheaton: Crossway, 2009).
      • Kaczor, Christopher, The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, And the Question of Justice (New York: Routledge, 2011).
      • Kreeft, Peter, The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1983)
      • Francis J. Beckwith, Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion-Choice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
    • Assignment Descriptions
      • Students will read selected material from required texts and respond to the readings through various interactions in Canvas (online learning management system).
      • Three, 2-page papers, a mid-term exam, and a final paper will be assigned.
      • Most of these assignments will be due during the online portions of this course.
    • Assignment Schedule
      • May 9 – June 10: Independent Preparatory Course Work:
        • Required book and journal readings
        • Written summaries
        • Exam
      • June 13 – 17: On-Campus Intensive
      • June 20 – August 12: Final Paper
  • Public Advocacy in Bioethics - COMM-3902
    • Required Pre-requisite:  a 3 credit-hour college-level public speaking course
    • Required Textbooks
      • Newman, Marc, Contenders: A Church-Wide Strategy to Unmask Abortion, Defeat its Advocates, Empower Christians, and Change the World (Refocus Press, 2020)
    • Assignment Descriptions
      • The required reading will be completed prior to coming to campus for the in-person portion of this course.
      • A final exam guide and video lectures will be provided in Canvas (online learning management system) to guide your reading prior to coming to campus.
      • Students will be prepping and delivering speeches multiple times a day during the in-person portion of the course.
    •  Assignment Schedule
      • May 9 – June 18: Independent Preparatory Course Work:
        • Required book reading
        • Video lectures
        • Final Exam Review
      • June 20 – 24: On-Campus Intensive
      • June 25 – August 12:  Journal and Reflection


Courses, housing, and meals are competitively priced as follows:


  • Undergraduate credit (3-credit hours): $999/course
  • Continuing education (non-credit): $599/course
  • Dual enrollment (3-credit hours): $555/course

Housing and Meals

Air-conditioned, on-campus housing is available and meals are provided in our dining hall.

  • Single occupancy in townhouse plus meals – $523.25 per week
  • Double occupancy residence hall room (under age 25) plus meals – $275 per week

2022 Daily Schedule

Participants may arrive on Sunday, June 12, after 3 p.m. or Sunday, June 19, after 3 p.m. if they are just taking the second class.

  • First meal will be dinner on June 12 or 19.
  • Check-out by 11 a.m. on June 18 or noon on June 25.

Classes are from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday

9:00–10:15 a.m.Instruction
10:15–10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.–noonInstruction
Noon–1:00 p.m.
1:00–2:15 p.m.Instruction
2:15–2:30 p.m.Break
2:30–4:00 p.m.Instruction


Please contact Jason Frieling with questions about the institute.

Defending Life Summer Institute - Equipping the Next Generation of Pro-Life Leaders

Defending Life Summer Institute

Meet the Speakers

Marc Newman

Dr. Marc Newman

Dr. Marc Newman is president of Speaker for Life, which galvanizes Christian leaders into advocates and champions for the unborn. Marc's trained thousands of speakers nationwide in communication skills and apologetics. Energetic and compelling on the platform, Marc keynotes banquets each year raising millions of dollars for pregnancy resource centers. He is the author of Contenders: A Church-Wide Strategy to Unmask Abortion, Defeat Its Advocates, Empower Christians, and Change the World.

Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott's pro-life presentations have been featured by Focus on the Family, Truths That Transform, and American Family Radio. Scott is a graduate of UCLA and the author of Pro-Life 101 and The Case for Life, and invited Chapel speaker.