Calling all community organizers, activists,  students, and emerging clergy! Interested in the intersection of public theology and racial justice?  Ready to amplify your voice about topics that matter most to you?

America is in a kairos moment. In this time of immense reflection, equipping, and mobilization, Faith Matters Network is partnering with the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt Divinity School to sponsor a cohort of emerging public theologians to participate in the inaugural Summer Institute, “Reclaiming Our Time: Public Theology, Racial Justice, and the Fight for Democracy”.  

Participants will embark upon a four month learning journey, identifying a topic at the intersection of public theology and racial justice for deeper exploration, developing a learning plan, and crafting an action plan to amplify their voice in the public square.

Learning journey cohort members will receive full tuition scholarships to attend the Summer Institute. Travel and lodging scholarships are also available for a select number of participants. Spaces are limited.


Learning Goals

  • A personal learning plan focused on the intersection of public theology and racial justice that you will craft with our help and that of the community

  • An action plan to amplify your learnings in the public square via podcast, video, radio, social media- you name it!

Our Community

  • Monthly cohort calls

  • Peer mentoring relationships throughout summer

  • Building relationships with mentors and elders in the field of public theology



This program is for you if you are …

  • A young adult between the age 18-30

  • Passionate about justice and making a difference

  • Interested in raising your voice

  • Thoughtful and open to learning

  • Interested in the role of theology in advancing the social good



The cohort will run from June - September 2018.  

Required In Person Meetings:

  • June 3: Opening Retreat

  • June 4-8: Vanderbilt Public Theology and Racial Justice Institute, “Reclaiming Our Time: Public Theology, Racial Justice, and the Fight for Democracy”, Nashville, TN

  • June 8: Closing Circle

  • Closing Retreat: September, Dates TBD



Meet Your Facilitators:



Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Founder & Executive Director, Faith Matters Network | Jennifer is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging leader in multi-faith movement for justice. Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, she is the Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer is an Ashoka Fellow, Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar having earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She written for a number of publications including The Washington Post’s Lily, On Being, Sojourners and the Huffington Post. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Micky ScottBey Jones, Director, Healing Justice Initiatives, Faith Matters Network | Micky – the Justice Doula – is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, pilgrimages, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, creating brave space, communal self-care, contemplative activism, intersectionality and theology from the margins. Micky has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. She is the Director of Healing Justice at Faith Matters Network. Micky was named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com