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Nurturing the Next Generation of Scholars

Teaching is a calling; it needs to be taken very seriously. And the voices we hear have to reflect the multiculturalism of our society. The Forum for Theological Exploration seeks... read more >

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Lerone Martin Discusses the Forum for Theological Exploration Scholar Support

Doctoral student Lerone Martin outlines the pivotal role the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has played in allowing him to respond to God’s call to the vocation of religion scholar.... read more >

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Vocation – A Conversation with Frederick Buechner

Christian writer and theologian Frederick Buechner discusses the difference between making a living and pursuing a vocation. In this 5:09 minute interview by the Forum for Theological Exploration, Buechner reflects... read more >

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Communities of Call – Relationship and Responsibility

God’s Call is through community; communities and leaders are called to set people free to capture a sense of Jesus’ life and God’s concern for the world. In this 2:21... read more >

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The Church’s Future – Affirming and Nurturing Gifts

Churches are compelled to find the most talented next generation of leaders. This is holy work, and congregations are called to challenge young people to see the opportunity, and then... read more >

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The Call – a Community Operation

Young people ask questions about ultimate meaning and their life calling. Because churches address those questions, they are a key place for young adults to hear God’s call, and to... read more >

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Spotting New Church Leaders

A brief video provided by the Forum for Theological Exploration highlights seminarians and clergy reflecting on the diverse ways they first heard God’s call. It includes a brief reflection by... read more >

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Why Cultivate Cultures of Call

In every generation, congregations have produced church pastors and leaders from men and women who grew up in their midst. Also, some congregations have unknowingly discouraged potential church leaders. In... read more >

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Supporting Ministry and Vocation

Christian congregations interested in encouraging students and young adults to explore careers in Christian vocations can find ideas, partnership guidelines, and information on matching fellowship programs, on the Forum for... read more >

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Undergraduates Exploring Ministry and Vocation

High school, undergraduate college, and minority students considering careers in Christian ministry or scholarship can participate in exploratory programs and internships through the Forum for Theological Exploration. In May 1999, Lilly... read more >

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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