Twelve Fellows form a PLPL cohort. They are selected from diverse traditions serving in diverse locations generally within the region between and including San Antonio, Austin, and Waco.
Benefits of Fellowship
- Broaden your awareness of public life through exploring
- the place and function of religion in American life
- pertinent issues of public life such as criminal justice, environmental concerns, public education, health care and immigration
- the intersection of public life with dynamics of difference such as race, gender and class
- Increase your confidence for engaging public life through practices such as
- establishing local connections
- interacting with civic leaders and elected officials
- familiarizing yourself with people and places of policy, advocacy and cultural significance
- Enhance your capacity for theological reflection at the crossroads of the common good and the Good News through
- conversation with theologians
- developing robust public narratives
- re-interpreting the power of public symbols
- Gain perspectives on leadership for change through
- conversation with seasoned practitioners
- gaining a better understanding of self and context
- shifting mindsets and growing practical tools
Qualities of PLPL Fellows
- A clear sense of vocation for ministry and of pastoral identity,
- A demonstrated investment in growing skills and competencies for ministry,
- The ability to take perspectives other than her or his own,
- A readiness for expanded leadership.
- Hold a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent,
- Be ordained or hold the ecclesial equivalent of being credentialed for ministry,
- Serve a congregation or community in the geographical region generally marked by Waco, San Antonio and Austin,
- Have less than fifteen years of pastoral experience, with at least ten or more years remaining to serve in ministry and the community,
- Be available to attend all intensives and fully commit to participation, including pre-work and local action reports.
Cost of Fellowship
- The Fellowship is underwritten by a grant from the Lilly Foundation and by Austin Seminary.
- Fellows are expected to make a contribution toward the cost of the Fellowship program, according to their ability to pay for continuing education.
- Once admitted to the program, Fellows will self-select their contribution in the amount of $250, $500, or $750.
- This amount can be paid in a lump sum or in installments over the course of the Fellowship.