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



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

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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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


February 6

Busboys and Poets

625 Monroe St NE

Washington, DC 20017

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Moderated by

Rev. Teddy Reeves + Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman

February 7

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

900 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

6:45 - 8:30 p.m.

Moderated by

Pastor Donna Sokol + Pastor Joseph Daniels


February 8

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

1518 M St NW

Washington, DC 20005

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by

Rev. William Lamar


March 19

Garrett Evangelical Seminary

2121 Sheridan Rd

Evanston, IL 60201

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Moderated by

Reggie Blount

Coming Soon!

March 20

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 E Chestnut St

Chicago, IL 60611

Moderated by

Tony Banout

Coming Soon!

March 22

The Forum at Grace Cathedral Church

1100 California St

San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00 a.m.

Coming Soon!

March 22

First Congregational Church of Berkeley

2345 Channing Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00 p.m.

Coming Soon!

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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