The TEAM at The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs is comprised of Student Affiliates, Student Scholars, Faculty and Community Fellows, a world-class Advisory Council, a Program Coordinator and a Faculty Director. These leaders all share a commitment to drawing upon the wisdom of university faculty and staff colleagues, ecumenical partners, religious allies, and spiritual pathways. We do so with a commitment to the role of theological wisdom in the university, which seeks coordinated interdisciplinary approaches for responding to the societal challenges we face today.
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The Center welcomes faculty and community fellows for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Center Fellows work with the Director to explore a praxis-based integration of the work of the Center with the fellows’ own method, scholarship, and professional practice. Fellows receive a stipend and Center Student Affiliate resources, and they meet regularly throughout the year to support one another, to meet with the Center Team, and to attend one of the Center Advisory Councils. Fellows, who are scholars and experienced practitioners, are asked to contribute to one of two Soundings in the academic year, and to seek further engagement with the themes of the Center. Fellows are asked to assist the Center in addressing the wicked challenges within society, and to understand the values that religious traditions and spiritual pathways offer for responding to these challenges today.
Faculty Fellow, Interim Director of Doctor of Ministry, Assistant Clinical Professor
Author, entrepreneur, thought coach, and multi-media personality, Dr. Edward Donalson III is a visionary with a dynamic message of empowerment.
Community Fellow, Reverend, Bishop Pacific Northwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Northwest Washington Synod
The Rev. Shelley Bryan Wee was ordained in 1993, has served as pastor of 3 major ministry sites in Montana and Washington, and in May 2019 was elected bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Arun Manilal Gandhi (born 1934) is an Indian-American socio-political activist, and the fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
Past Student Affiliates who have previously contributed to The Center.
A Canvas online resource reflecting the work of these scholars will be created and shared with all University and Religious Stakeholders
In its inaugural year, The Center Student & Alumni Scholars is a cohort of Students and Alumni associated with the degree programs within the School of Theology and Ministry, who serve alongside the Faculty and Community Fellows. At each quarterly meeting, Scholars and Fellows discuss a specific challenge in society with at least three intersecting complexities (for instance, Leadership-Women-Race, or Gratitude-Society-Power). A Canvas resource for sharing with all university and religious stakeholders, is created for sharing.