The idea for this fellowship sprouted from a series of consultations organized by the Open Society Foundation.
These consultations consisted of discussions with diverse faith leaders exploring how we could work together more effectively towards justice in the United States.
We were interested in amplifying the vibrant voices of faith leaders of color in order to both increase the number and capacity of their congregations and ministries participating in justice struggles, and to move moderate faith leaders towards understanding and engaging in the larger, national political context.
Many important learnings and collaborations came out of the consultations. You can learn more here: https://www.faithleadersofcolor.org
Since the consultations with the Open Society Foundation, we have been exploring how we can continue to support young and rising faith leaders of color who are doing justice work in their communities. This year-long leadership development and community building fellowship is an important next step.