Explore Your Calling in 

Social Justice & Service

God has given you gifts and talents to make the world better, but it's up to you to search for the answers. 

In this four-week virtual course on Social Justice and Service, you will witness faith communities promoting freedom, equity, and liberation. You will join like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders as you explore your next most faithful step.

ENROLL

With your leadership, what can 
the church be to the world?

It's a big world and life is short. So how do you figure out what to do with your one precious life? You don't want to leave it up to chance. You don't want to stumble into a line of work because people pushed you there.

You want to throw every, every ounce of your weight into your life work to serve the common good to be an agent of justice, mercy, and compassion. To care for the sick and stand with the abused lost and neglected. You want to get behind the work that Jesus is doing. 

Social Justice & Service

$199

4-week virtual course with four live, instructor-led discussions held over Zoom.

Schedule: 6/15 - 7/15

Live Zoom Gatherings: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, and 7/13 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLL

EXPLORE THIS COURSE

The Social Justice & Service course connects you with like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders. We’re here to help you wrestle with big questions about your purpose, passion, calling, and the relationship between faith, service, and ministry in the world.

  • Hear from Christian leaders who have heard the "Sound of the Genuine" and are leading change in their community.
  • Witness stories of faith communities who are changing the conditions to promote freedom, equity, and liberation.
  • Participate in activities that will stretch your imagination or give you the knowledge necessary for enacting your next most faithful step. 
  • Engage in practices based on both the deep traditions of our communities and the science of discernment.

     COURSE MODULES

Why

Explore

Reflect

Next Step

Develop an understanding of social justice ministry. Identify and analyze the reasons why one would pursue social justice as a calling.

Investigate the ways people engage with service and cause-related ministry. Analyze and think critically about the pathways one can take to pursue social justice.

Thoughtfully reflect on how the various pathways to social justice stir you.

Articulate your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver 

Meet the Teaching Team

Christina A. Repoley

Grecia Lopez-Reyes

Josh Lopez-Reyes

Shereetha Jackson

Course Instructor

Course Leader

Christina serves on FTE’s team creating experiences for discernment and community building. Christina is the founder of Quaker Voluntary Service and previously served as peacebuilding director for the Southeast region of the American Friends Service Committee. 

Shereeth is a storyteller, advocate, street barista, and cancer survivor. She launched Project Upstream, a training program empowering citizens impacted by homelessness with the tools to tackle issues that directly influence unhoused residents of Atlanta.

Grecia is director of Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). She has also served as a faith-rooted organizer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, focusing on labor and immigration.

Josh is a Californiano with family roots in the lands of México and the southwest of the United States. He serves as the director of the Echo Park Refugee Welcome Center, a faith community for spiritual refugees and a resource center for political refugees.

   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

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© 2022 Forum for Theological Exploration

Who is the Forum for Theological Exploration? 

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since our founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.

Who is this course for? 

Young adults who are 18-35 exploring or pursuing ministry through social justice, service, or nonprofit ministry.

Why was this course created?

To share FTE’s research and practices from almost 70 years helping the next generation of leaders for the church and academy find meaning, purpose, and their call.

How will this course benefit me? 

This course is designed to give you the practices and resources to clarify your vocational pursuits. Upon completion, you will be recognized as part of FTE’s alumni network. Other alumni will include pastors, professors, deans, presidents of organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who are leading their communities, congregations, and society. You will receive a certificate of completion and a badge for your resume and social accounts. 


Can I get a course certificate for completion?

Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will receive a certificate that you can post to your Linkedin profile and download to share.

How much time will this course take?

This varies by person but averages about 5-10 hours including Zoom Community Gatherings.

I can’t make a Community Gathering call, What do I do?

FTE may choose to upload part or all of the Community Gathering discussions, but we’d recommend reaching out to the course teaching team with any questions you have during the course.

Can I participate in class from my cellphone?

Yes, there is an app for that. NovoEd has a mobile app as does Zoom for the community gathering calls.

What does FTE mean by Social Justice and Service?

We hope to expand your imagination about a variety of ministry and vocational paths that relate to social justice and service that support your community. You’ll hear stories from leaders in social justice ministries like Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán Banks and Rev. Dr. Heber Brown.

Explore Your Calling in
Social Justice & Service

God has given you gifts and talents to make the world better, but it's up to you to search for the answers. In this four-week virtual course on Social Justice and Service, you will witness faith communities promoting freedom, equity, and liberation. You will join like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders as you explore your next most faithful step.

With your leadership, what can the church be to the world?

It's a big world and life is short. So how do you figure out what to do with your one precious life? You don't want to leave it up to chance. You don't want to stumble into a line of work because people pushed you there.

You want to throw every, every ounce of your weight into your life work to serve the common good to be an agent of justice, mercy, and compassion. To care for the sick and stand with the abused lost and neglected. You want to get behind the work that Jesus is doing.

You want to help lead a movement that changes the world. But is the church a place to do that? It sure doesn't seem like it sometimes. Sometimes you don't feel welcomed, seen, heard, or inspired.

But here's the thing, we forget that this isn't the church.

In spite of its flaws, the church can help someone like you to impact the lives of others, communities, and even the world. The church can inspire people to pursue their callings: healing, teaching, and leading. The church can be a movement that changes the world...but it needs you. 

Now is the perfect time to explore your calling.

Social Justice & Service

$199

4-week virtual course with four live, instructor-led discussions held over Zoom.

Schedule: 6/15 - 7/15

Live Zoom Gatherings: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, and 7/13  

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLL

You want to help lead a movement that changes the world. But is the church a place to do that? It sure doesn't seem like it sometimes. Sometimes you don't feel welcomed, seen, heard, or inspired.

But here's the thing, we forget that this isn't the church.

In spite of its flaws, the church can help someone like you to impact the lives of others, communities, and even the world. The church can inspire people to pursue their callings: healing, teaching, and leading. The church can be a movement that changes the world...but it needs you. 

EXPLORE THIS COURSE

The Social Justice & Service course connects you with like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders. We’re here to help you wrestle with big questions about your purpose, passion, calling, and the relationship between faith, service, and ministry in the world.

  • Hear from Christian leaders who have heard the "Sound of the Genuine" and are leading change in their community.
  • Witness stories of faith communities who are changing the conditions to promote freedom, equity, and liberation.
  • Participate in activities that will stretch your imagination or give you the knowledge necessary for enacting your next most faithful step. 
  • Engage in practices based on both the deep traditions of our communities and the science of discernment.

     COURSE MODULES

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver 

Meet the Teaching Team

Christina A. Repoley

Grecia Lopez-Reyes

Josh Lopez-Reyes

Shereetha Jackson

Course Instructor

Course Leader

Course Leader

Course Leader

Christina serves on FTE’s team creating experiences for discernment and community building. Christina is the founder of Quaker Voluntary Service and previously served as peacebuilding director for the Southeast region of the American Friends Service Committee. 

Josh is a Californiano with family roots in the lands of México and the southwest of the United States. He serves as the director of the Echo Park Refugee Welcome Center, a faith community for spiritual refugees and a resource center for political refugees.

Grecia is director of Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). She has also served as a faith-rooted organizer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, focusing on labor and immigration.

Shereetha is a storyteller, advocate, street barista, and cancer survivor. She launched Project Upstream, a training program empowering citizens impacted by homelessness with the tools to tackle issues that directly influence unhoused residents of Atlanta.

   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Course Leader

Course Leader

Who is the Forum for Theological Exploration?

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since our founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.

Who is this course for? 

Young adults who are 18-35 exploring or pursuing ministry through social justice, service, or nonprofit ministry.

Why was this course created?

To share FTE’s research and practices from almost 70 years helping the next generation of leaders for the church and academy find meaning, purpose, and their call.

How will this course benefit me?

This course is designed to give you the practices and resources to clarify your vocational pursuits. Upon completion, you will be recognized as part of FTE’s alumni network. Other alumni will include pastors, professors, deans, presidents of organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who are leading their communities, congregations, and society. You will receive a certificate of completion and a badge for your resume and social accounts.

Can I get a course certificate for completion?

Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will receive a certificate that you can post to your Linkedin profile and download to share.

How much time will this course take?

This varies by person but averages about 5-10 hours including Zoom Community Gatherings.

I can’t make a Community Gathering call, What do I do?

FTE may choose to upload part or all of the Community Gathering discussions, but we’d recommend reaching out to the course teaching team with any questions you have during the course.

Can I participate in class from my cellphone?

Yes, there is an app for that. NovoEd has a mobile app as does Zoom for the community gathering calls.

What does FTE mean by Social Justice and Service?

We hope to expand your imagination about a variety of ministry and vocational paths that relate to social justice and service that support your community. You’ll hear stories from leaders in social justice ministries like Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán Banks and Rev. Dr. Heber Brown.

Social Justice & Service

Explore your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

$199

Social Justice & Service

Explore your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation. 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLL

$199

ENROLL

Being a part of the FTE community has deeply shaped my spirituality, my vocation, and who I am as a person.

I’ve connected with people and resources that have transformed the trajectory of my life. I’m forever grateful for the tremendous gifts FTE continues to offer to me and those engaged in meaningful work in the world!

- Joe Davis

Being a part of the FTE community has deeply shaped my spirituality, my vocation, and who I am as a person.

I’ve connected with people and resources that have transformed the trajectory of my life. I’m forever grateful for the tremendous gifts FTE continues to offer to me and those engaged in meaningful work in the world!

- Joe Davis

ENROLL

Why

Develop an understanding of social justice ministry. Identify and analyze the reasons why one would pursue social justice as a calling.

Next Step

Articulate your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

Explore

Investigate the ways people engage with service and cause-related ministry. Analyze and think critically about the pathways one can take to pursue social justice.

Reflect

Thoughtfully reflect on how the various pathways to social justice stir you.

Explore Your Calling in Social Justice & Service

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

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