FTE Blog

On Mountains and Empty Spaces

I was in the passenger seat of my friend Danielle’s Ford Focus riding across the American southwest in route to California from Tennessee. One of the first things I noticed on our cross-country road trip is how different empty space looks depending on the location

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By: Jennifer Bailey February 10, 2014

What a Vocational Calling to Ministry Means to Me

“I hear you are entering the ministry,” the woman said down the long table, meaning no real harm. “Was it your own idea or were you poorly advised?”

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By: Rob Lee February 07, 2014

The Anti-Tourism of Meditation

Legs in lotus position, hands cupped, shoulders broad and posture straight but relaxed. Breathe in through the nose; exhale through the mouth.

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By: Tyler Sit February 06, 2014

When Lions Have Historians

History, James Loewen observes, is the only subject that professors assume students know less of the further they advance in school. Historians know that part of their job is to help students unlearn the fairy tales most of them have absorbed as history.

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By: Matthew Wesley Williams February 03, 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

Seeking the Kingdom—and Finding It

I have a confession to make: There is nothing I love more than a good Sunday morning worship service. There is something about entering into a sanctuary full of saints believing, singing, crying, praising, and lamenting as one that makes me feel utterly alive.

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By: Jennifer Bailey January 26, 2014

Sacred Optometry: Opening my Eyes in India

The assignment is to see. My professor assigned us to read Diana Eck’s Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India before spending a semester together in India.

She has the monumental task of training 13 Americans to see differently while in India…

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By: Tyler Sit January 24, 2014

A New Year’s Resolution for Ministry

A friend, colleague and mentor of mine at Faith and Leadership, Nathan Kirkpatrick has been talking for years about over-investing in young people and the importance of giving the youngest generation a shot at not only Christian formation but also Christian ministry. But what does “over-investing” look like?

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By: Rob Lee January 13, 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

12 Reasons to be Thankful

As this year comes to a close, we are grateful for FTE’s Alumni, friends and partners who have helped us discern FTE’s next faithful steps toward God’s unfolding future. We appreciate the many ways that you have prayed and supported FTE during this season of transition and anticipation.

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By: Stephen Lewis December 20, 2013


As a student who gets to preach regularly, I’ve sought advice from countless preachers on the art of writing a sermon.

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By: Rob Lee November 04, 2013

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

An Interview with Author and FTE Doctoral Alumna Monica Coleman

Fran Davis-Harris spoke with FTE Doctoral Alumna Dr. Monica Coleman about her book, Ain’t I a Womanist Too: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought, which was released in May of this year. Dr Coleman is a proponent for the Womanist movement and has been active in this work for a number of years. She stepped away momentarily from her work as a scholar activist to share how she was called and inspired to do this work. Read on to take a journey into Dr. Coleman’s life.

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By: Monica Coleman September 03, 2013

7 Questions with Alumnus, Author, and Activist Dr. Gregory Ellison

Fran Davis-Harris sat down with FTE Alumnus Dr. Gregory Ellison to talk about his new book, Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Men. Dr. Ellison shared intimate accounts of how he came to understand his call and purpose as a preacher, educator and scholar activist. He also spoke passionately about what prompted him to write his book and begin the subsequent grassroots community empowerment initiative entitled Fearless Dialogues. Read on to get a glimpse of the great work Dr. Ellison is doing.

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By: Gregory Ellison September 03, 2013

Purpose Will Find You

Over the years I’ve learned that we all long for belonging, relationship, and purpose. We all seem to be in search for who we are. I know I am.

We try to find ourselves through personality tests, strength finders, horoscopes, and other various sources. This is normal. We want to know who we are and what our purpose is because we are an invention. Every invention serves a purpose or else it would not have been invented.

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By: Manny Alvarez August 27, 2013

Free to Serve

My favorite musical artist of all time, India Arie, has encouraged me all week with her song entitled, “Break the Shell.” I have been in silence, but now I’m free. My spiritual journey this past year as a Ministry Fellow gave me the support I needed to let fear know it no longer has the ability to keep me from accepting my call to the Pastoral ministry.

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By: Kamilah Bywaters August 19, 2013

An Invitational Prayer

God of all Creation, You have brought us here to walk with you. We come from many places on the journey of our call. Some of us, like Moses at the burning bush, have just finished giving you our list of excuses, and we are waiting for the knowledge of your name to take away our fear.

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By: Cassidhe Hart August 15, 2013

Open Your Eyes

We walked the streets of Atlanta united on a three-mile pilgrimage. We were a collage of people: black, white, brown, Mennonites, Unitarian Universalists, Baptists, conservatives, liberals—all question seekers. We were not just sweating it out on the streets. We were seeking justice.

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By: Amy Spaulding Zimbelman August 15, 2013

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