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Low-Income Urban Mothers Desire but Resist Church Participation

Low-income urban mothers have a strong desire to have their children become involved in organized religion and develop a personal faith. However, those same parents tend to avoid church participation... read more >

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Calling Your Youth: What it Takes to Become a "Calling" Congregation

Why become a calling congregation?

Christians have historically been a people called to vocations as varied as plumber, professor, homemaker and clergy. At its essence a called vocation is practical discipleship: our humble effort to embody obedience to God in the particulars of daily life. When a congregation embraces its place in the history of encouraging faithful reflection and meaningful activity, it helps develop the faith, deepen the spirit and inspire the daily life of church members.

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A new book suggests teens are practicing religion in their own way

A new book suggests teens are practicing religion in their own way Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

In A Faith of Their Own teens rate the personal significance of religion highly; less so the institutional part.

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Why Welcome Children to Communion

This essay points out that children were not always excluded from the table, and are not excluded today in all Christian traditions. It traces the reformed tradition’s development of the... read more >

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Discerning God’s Call

What will you do with your life in light of your faith? If you're a student asking that question, the Forum for Theological Exploration offers a wealth of resources to... read more >

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Fellowships for Underrepresented Doctoral Students

Historically underrepresented racial/ethnic faculty members in the nation's theological schools are not only needed to serve an increasingly diverse student body, but to attract and inspire outstanding candidates for pastoral... read more >

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FTE Undergraduate Fellowship Programs

The Forum for Theological Exploration offers fellowship programs to gifted young leaders from diverse racial and ethnic communities and a variety of Christian faith traditions who are exploring ministry as... read more >

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Congregational Fellowships

The Fund for Theological Exploration nurtures faithful, wise, courageous leaders for the church and the academy. One way FTE accomplishes its mission is by offering diverse young adults, students and... read more >

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Resources for those considering theology school

The Forum for Theological Exploration's resources offer a basic introduction to theological education and ask key questions designed to help students and potential students find a path that is right... read more >

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Why Ministry Matters: FTE Fellows and Alumni explain

Meet Forum for Theolocal Exploration Fellows and alumni who renew the church and change the world. They lead in congregations, classrooms and communities; they lead in worship, teaching and Christian... read more >

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Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

$2 Miilion for Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has received a grant of $2 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s...

Answering A Call For Help

Anyone who belongs to a large, extended family network that includes people living in poverty knows about that phone...

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