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Have You Listened to FTE’s Podcast on Meaning, Purpose and Vocation?

FTE’s podcast on meaning, purpose and vocation is back starting September 10. Subscribe today on the platform you enjoying listening to. New to our podcast? We have 10 episodes ready for you to binge! https://fteonline.org/sotg

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By: Patrick B. Reyes September 08, 2021


2021 Juneteenth and the Future

This week, FTE will honor Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, which has been observed by African-Americans since the late 1800s. Joining organizations that have moved toward marking it as a company holiday, FTE will celebrate Juneteenth or June 19th going forward to commemorate the ongoing struggle for racial justice and freedom.

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By: Stephen Lewis June 18, 2021


Is the Virtual Christian Leadership Forum for You?

We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Christian Leadership Forum (CLF), May 27-28, 2021! The CLF is a gathering focused on diverse leadership for Christian communities that serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. This gathering is for those who want to make a difference in the world through ministry and/or to inspire a new generation of Christian leaders, pastors, and scholars. This will be an online experience you don’t want to miss! Applications will open on April 5, but before you apply please read the information below to discern if this virtual gathering is for you.

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By: Experience Design April 05, 2021


Mentoring the FTE Way

The Forum for Theological Exploration’s family reunion is something not to be missed. It brings together generations of scholars who were mentored into and through our family networks. It takes place at conferences, on campuses, on Sundays, over coffee, and online. The FTE family reunion has a long history, one steeped in the sacred relationship known as mentoring.

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By: Patrick B. Reyes March 16, 2021


This is America

In 21st century America, we continue to operate under the disillusionment of the American myth—that we are the “United” States of America. Contrary to popular belief, since its founding by design, America has been a divided, not a united country.

Yesterday was a stark reminder of this fact.

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By: Stephen Lewis January 07, 2021


2020 Excellence in Mentoring Award Announced

Established by FTE in 2017, the Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors in FTE’s doctoral community who demonstrate a sustained commitment to the advancement of scholars of color through integrative mentorship practices.

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By: FTE Leaders December 15, 2020


Discerning Another Way Forward: Accompanying Young Adults in the time of Social Distance

FTE’s 2021 grant applications are currently open for organizations to accompanying pastoral interns, mentoring programs for discerning young adults, and creating vocational discernment resources authentic for their community’s context.

Because of the pandemic, FTE is encouraging congregations and faith-based organizations not to propose the same projects they might in a time without COVID. Instead, we are asking those proposal creators to lean into that uncertainty of discernment that they are already so familiar with in their accompaniment of young adults. Lean into that uneasy feeling of trying something new, do something different, and ultimately find what is authentic at this moment.

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By: Heather B.P. Wallace December 10, 2020


Get to know FTE’s Resource Design Team

In January, I shared that FTE underwent a redesign last year in response to a new strategic direction, a changing landscape and new questions emerging. This seems so long ago given how the two pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism have disrupted life as we knew it and turned our world upside down during the past five months.

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By: Stephen Lewis July 28, 2020


Dark Moments Call for Faithful Leaders

The events over the past several days following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are the result of anger, grief, and trauma from the injustices and violence Black people have endured for hundreds of years.

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By: Stephen Lewis June 02, 2020


Update on Summer/Fall 2020 Gatherings

Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), FTE has decided to postpone all in-person gatherings scheduled for this summer and fall. This was not an easy decision to make, however, we are prioritizing the health and well-being of our event attendees, staff, and loved ones. We will continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health experts when planning future events.

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By: Stephen Lewis June 01, 2020


Partners in Possiblity

Just days after our daily lives shifted dramatically with the COVID-19 crisis, FTE virtually convened the first Community of Practice Cohort. In light of the massive changes that had taken place over the course of the previous three days, I started the meeting asking two questions:

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By: Christina Repoley May 29, 2020


A Reason to Celebrate

Party favors, friends and family, cake and ice cream, cameras, and candles to make a wish are essential items for most birthday celebrations. What I loved most about birthdays growing up was the ritual of it all. And I looked forward to celebrating with friends and family one of the most important moments in their lives—the day they were born. Why? Because birthdays provide us an opportunity to remember and celebrate our gifts and purpose.

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By: Stephen Lewis April 27, 2020


Upcoming Events: FTE’s Response to COVID-19

We have been carefully monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are taking necessary and proactive measures to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in our community. The growing concerns across our country and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health experts have guided our decision to prioritize the safety of the FTE staff, event participants, partners, and stakeholders.

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By: Stephen Lewis March 12, 2020


Design for the Future Leaders of the Church and the Academy

Design is about meaning and purpose. Design is about calling and vocation. Design is taking seriously our own agency, power, and responsibility to create the conditions for future generations to thrive.

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By: Patrick B. Reyes January 28, 2020


Introducing A New Vision for FTE’s Vocation Network

Over the years, FTE has awarded grants and convened many organizational and institutional partners accompanying young adults in vocational exploration in service to the church, the academy and the world. We have discovered that the process of building learning communities involves strengthening relationships and intentionally designing an experience in which partners journey together around a common commitment to cultivating leaders for the church and academy.

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By: Christina Repoley January 24, 2020


Redesigning FTE Once Again

During the past three years, FTE has taken time to discern our next faithful steps in response to continuous changes in the church, academy, and broader society. We have been exploring a new strategic direction and questions necessary to advance our historic mission.

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By: Stephen Lewis January 22, 2020


Not Just Another New Year

With the advent of a new year, we look for the kind of leadership that will inspire us to take on new resolutions as we begin another year. But this isn’t just another new year.

This year represents another turning point in history given the looming challenges in our nation’s political, justice, educational and food systems that we can no longer ignore. 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade filled with longings stirring deep within us concerning ourselves and the world. It’s a pivotal year in need of visionary leaders—cultural imagineers, social designers, priestly activists, prophetic artists and repairers of justice—to give shape to this new moment in our history.

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By: Stephen Lewis January 06, 2020


A Legacy of Leadership

During the 2019 annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature FTE celebrated another year of scholarship and honored the work of Matthew Wesley Williams. After 15 years of service at FTE, Matthew pursued a call to serve as the interim president at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta. FTE’s online communications manager Diva Morgan Hicks sat down with Matthew to capture some of his proudest memories and hopes for the future.

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By: Diva Morgan Hicks November 25, 2019


Seven Tips for Writing a Solid Grant Application

As FTE’s program manager for grant initiatives, I’m always excited to hear from folks who are interested in proposing grant projects to work with young adults as they discern who and where God is calling them to be in their lives and in their vocations. I often get asked, “Does FTE have a formula or set way of doing an internship or mentoring project?” The answer is NO.

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By: Heather B.P. Wallace August 01, 2019


Future of Theological Education

In FTE’s video celebrating 50 years of doctoral fellowships, Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II, reminds us of the importance of the work of scholars of color. He states that in 1968, “we needed scholars of color to live boldly in that moment.” The images in the video remind us of the many events of that year: the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Juan Carlos and Tommie Smith lifting their black-gloved fists at the Olympics in Mexico, and César Chávez leading the UFW and his first spiritual fast. During that same year, we remember there were only 18 doctoral students of color in religion.

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By: Patrick B. Reyes April 02, 2019

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