With the backing of a distinguished board of Twin Cities religious leaders, the Collegeville Institute seeks 10 young professionals, active in their religious heritages [two each from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim traditions] who have approximately 5 to 15 years of experience, with 20 or more years to give in service to the Twin Cities and their respective community.
The fellows commit to convening 8 times over a period of 22 months with accomplished leaders of other professions in Minnesota who have a high stake in contributing to the fabric of public life in the Greater Metro Area. They will gather with other professionals to engage the following issues:
- The Changing Face of our State and its Implication for the Future
- Crafting an Economy that Sustains
- Educating our Youth for the 21st Century
- Ensuring Legal Justice for all
- Working toward effective Health Care for all Minnesotans
- Preserving our precious natural resources: The Delicate Balance
The Collegeville Institute Multi-Religious Fellows will:
- Attend, over 22 months, eight meetings (late Sunday afternoon to Monday evening): two at the beautiful, lakeside apartments of the Collegeville Institute and six at the Minnesota Humanities Center, a restored architectural landmark near Lake Phalen in St. Paul, that features comfortable hotel rooms with private bathrooms and delicious meals meeting the dietary requirements of the fellows.
- Receive, over the course of the programs, stipends amounting to $4,000, and have all travel costs relating to meetings covered by the Collegeville Institute.
- Hear from civic and professional leaders and experts on key cultural issues.
- Meet with leaders of other religious traditions in settings that allows them to learn more about one another, and one another’s traditions, even as they learn about key elements of the larger community they share in common.
- Sharpen their skills at social analysis, religiously attuned reflection, and societal change.
- Expand their horizons concerning the community for which they see themselves responsible as leaders and thus expand their visions of themselves as leaders of their respective religious communities.
- Gain the confidence to become active participants in conversations about matters of public import both within and outside the congregations/communities they serve.
- Receive an additional $1000 in seed money to plan and implement a leadership project of their choosing for their religious community.