Forum for Theological Exploration FTE Leaders

“When you pick up a book about personal and social transformation and find that the writers use their own organization—and their own roles in that organization—to illustrate the honesty, the risks, and the struggles that transformation requires, you know you’re holding a book you can trust. This is such a book.” - Parker J. Palmer

Another Way was written for, and dedicated to, “a new generation of people—the dreamers, freedom fighters, artists, and warrior-healers—who refuse to accept things as they are as all that there is.” People who desire another way to live and lead change. Another Way will be available in local bookstores and online.

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Chalice Press


Slowing Down to Find Another Way Podcast

From the authors of Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose, comes a new podcast series, Slowing Down to Find Another Way. In this four-part series, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Baker engage in vulnerable conversations that explore different ways of leading profound change. Featured guests include Bayo Akomolafe, Neichelle Guidry, Parker Palmer, and Adam Taylor. 



The formula is so simple, so elegant and so effective.  I wish that I'd had this resource when I was leading a seminary.  It would have made such a difference.  Change is difficult, but the process you describe keeps everyone involved.  In any community, there are multiple stories and unexpressed angst.  C.A.R.E. addresses overt and subliminal issues, in ways that keep the movement toward flourishing on track.


Dr. Barbara A. Holmes,
President Emerita, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities



Another Way is a deeply timely, insightful, and provocative must read for people and leaders who seek to be change agents across vocations and sectors. In an age in which values-centered and servant leadership has increasingly become the exception rather than the norm, the C.A.R.E. approach provides a profound road map for connecting the inner journey with outer change and a guide to transform ourselves so we can more faithfully transform our communities, our organizations, and world.



Rev. Adam Russell Taylor,
 Executive Director, Sojourners and author of Mobilizing Hope

Meet the authors of Another Way

Another Way is a new book written by three leaders of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), a national leadership incubator for emerging Christian leaders. Ten years in the making, their book centers on four practices known through the acronym C.A.R.E.: Create hospitable space. Ask self-awakening questions. Reflect theologically together. Enact the next most faithful step. Click below to learn more about the authors.

Stephen Lewis is the president of the Forum for Theological Exploration. He is an ordained minister with more than 15 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership and strategy, organizational and program development, and group facilitation.

Matthew Wesley Williams is the former vice president of FTE and interim president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a thriving cancer survivor, committed to utilizing his academic, activist, and pastoral background in the spirit of Ella Baker.

Dori Grinenko Baker is senior fellow at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). She is an ordained minister and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology. She is the author of Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women.

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Available Now for free! Click here to download The Another Way Field Guide.


This guide provides a facilitation approach for accompanying individuals and communities
using the CARE framework outlined in Another Way.



I'm grateful for the ministry of FTE. The model of leadership and discernment that Stephen, Matthew and Dori have developed there is a gift to all of us. Receive it and know that there is Another Way.


the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II,
Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church



This book is a manifesto for transformative, lifegiving, soul-soothing, spirit-led leadership. Confronted by the ways in which their work “deepened the privilege of the privileged,” the authors invite us to accompany them as they explore assumptions, uncover toxic theologies, wade into hard truths and experiment collectively to redefine leadership, rethink process and practices and reimagine “the next most faithful step.” A challenging and creative resource for all those seeking to build and sustain justice-seeking beloved communities joining God in the repair of the world.



Rev. Janet Wolf,
Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing, Children’s Defense Fundh

Connect with Another Way on Spotify

Interact with Another Way on Spotify by listening to the songs that the authors have recommended for each chapter of the book. This playlist includes music by artists such as Sweet Honey in the Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Gregory Porter, Ben Harper and more. Please add songs to the playlist as you are inspired.

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In a world where communication has been reduced to 140 character sound bites, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Williams and Dori Baker offer us Another Way, a way to sink into the silence of beloved community to allow the authentic to emerge from an experience of shared wisdom and trust. The authors welcome us into their own process of challenging notions of leadership, structure and action and invite us to consider new ways of leading.


Bishop Karen Oliveto,
 The United Methodist Church, author of Together at the Table



The practices you will encounter here are deeply rooted in ancient traditions that most of us have forgotten. Another Way offers alternatives to people who love God but have fallen out of love with religion. Here you will find a way of re-engaging the Way of Jesus and exploring what that means, both at a personal and organizational level. Perhaps most importantly it grounds this exploration in voices and experiences of Black folk, addressing a long-standing gap in the literature on leadership, vocation, and the future of Christian faith.



Richard Rohr,

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