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Why Social Entrepreneurship Should Matter to Faith Leaders

What makes a social entrepreneur? Someone who challenges cultural perceptions about the dis-enfranchised and the displaced? A leader who upsets binaries that erase the genius we might otherwise see in one another? A change-agent who looks at surrounding culture, sniffs out creative vitality, and follows that which resembles “good news for the poor”?

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By: Dori Baker May 22, 2017


What is our next most faithful step?

Members of our staff gathered on Thursday morning after the election to check in with each other. Our collective experience during this presidential election cycle and the shocking results this week were deeply upsetting for many. After allowing space to acknowledge our feelings, fears, and facts, we turned to think together about what this moment means for our shared work.

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By: Stephen Lewis November 11, 2016


What Role do Faith Communities have in Shaping Public Life?

Can faith communities create space for conversation about the policies that shape our collective future? Can we do so in ways that invite civility rather than divisiveness? We gathered with those questions the morning after the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In a room overlooking the U.S. Capitol, FTE hosted a Community Forum on Faith and Politics.

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By: Dori Baker October 10, 2016


Survival in the Lily Fields: FTE Doctoral Fellowships

A flower farmer went out to his lily fields to see how they were growing. He looked over his acreage and saw the lilies swaying in the wind. He thought to himself, “What a beautiful field of lilies.” He saw out in the corner of his fields a small rose rising just above the rest of the lilies. He marched over to pull the colorful rose from the ground.

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By: Patrick B. Reyes October 04, 2016


Faith & Politics: Conversations Leading to Action

I’ll never forget June 27, 2013. It was my first date with my now husband, John. We went to a local Italian restaurant and sat outside on the patio that was lined with white, twinkling Christmas lights. The sun was setting just over the Atlanta city skyline and it was a perfect atmosphere for a first date.

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By: Diva Morgan Hicks September 16, 2016


Pentecost: A Time for Change

When was the last time you changed something that has had a lasting impact on the larger community? In light of the circumstances we find in our country and communities, how does real change, sustainable change happen?

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By: Stephen Lewis May 23, 2016


Behind the Doctorate

I explored theology for one reason: Christians had saved my life. From the Christian Brothers, who took the time to be fully present with me during times of deep pain and sadness, which I hinted at in my last postpat, to Grandma Reyes, a devout Mexican Catholic, who held all the pains and joys of our incredible family, I was formed by those who had deep theological convictions.

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By: Patrick B. Reyes April 19, 2016


Creating Space for Imagination

I am often asked, “What does it mean for FTE to be the Forum for Theological Exploration?” It’s a great question – and one that we at FTE think a lot about. When you think of the word forum, what comes to your mind?

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By: Chris McCain April 11, 2016


It Takes a Village

Yesterday FTE announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Reyes to the position, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives. He carries forward this sacred work, and its legacy within theological education to a new moment both rife with possibilities and fraught with increasingly complex challenges.

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By: Matthew Wesley Williams February 02, 2016


The Hope of Now

When we look at the world around us, between us and in us being strangled by loss and violence, it’s easy for our hearts to be shattered pieces on the ground of despair. It’s easier to fill our mouths with empty words of faith, hope and irrelevant idealism.

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By: Stephen Lewis December 23, 2015


The Building of Community in Unlikely Places

Against the picturesque setting of the gorgeous pines stood a 30 ft. slim pole that is part of the challenge course of Camp Berachah. Atop the pole stood a very nervous, young man who kept stating, “I can’t do this”.

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By: Fran Davis-Harris June 18, 2014


Five New Features on fteleaders.org

FTE’s website now offers even more features for visitors. Here are five features of the new FTE site that you should get to know.

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By: Diva Morgan Hicks January 28, 2014


Inside FTE’s New Name

Though the meaning behind the acronym has slightly changed, we will continue to go by FTE, which is the endearing term used by our friends, Fellows, partners and Alumni. The word “fund” doesn’t adequately capture the fullness of our work.

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By: Stephen Lewis January 03, 2014



Changes to FTE’s Fellowship Programs

In my last announcement, I shared that FTE will adapt and shift from being a fellowship supporting organization to a leadership incubator.

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By: Stephen Lewis September 27, 2013


What Are We Now Called To Become?

Does God call organizations or only individuals? Do callings invite us to change and adapt while the world changes around us? I believe so. During this past year, FTE has been discerning what God is calling it to become in the midst of new economic realities and changes within the academy, church and society. We paused most of our fellowship activities to determine what’s needed now and how FTE is being called to cultivate a new generation of leaders for the church and academy.

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By: Stephen Lewis September 16, 2013


The Power of Diversity

What if I told you that diversity will be an important and coveted asset to solving problems in the future? That if the church and academy do not value or leverage diversity today they will diminish the quality of their future and relevance? Would you agree or disagree?

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By: Stephen Lewis June 25, 2013


Responding to New Possibilities

When was the last time you turned on your mobile device and saw that all is well and good in the world? Were you satisfied with what you saw? Were you like me and asked how is the church, with other partners, addressing big issues we face as a community, nation and world?

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By: Stephen Lewis April 04, 2013


The Future of the Doctoral Programs

Recently we announced that FTE is putting a hold on fellowship programs to undergo a strategic assessment and planning process for the future of the organization. Thus, the doctoral programs will not accept new applications for fellowships during the 2012-2013 academic year. This is a bold and unprecedented move for FTE. These programs have been a vital source of support for underrepresented communities in the academy. There is much at stake in this decision for people of color. We don’t take this lightly.

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By: Matthew Wesley Williams November 15, 2012


Looking Forward

In 2014, FTE will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In a time of great economic uncertainty and significant shifts in theological education and the broader church, this anniversary represents an important milestone in the life of our organization. During the last six decades, FTE has given approximately 7,000 fellowships to young adults who now represent some of the most important religious voices in North America and leaders within denominational bodies, congregations and theological institutions.

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By: Stephen Lewis September 05, 2012

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