Emerging Leaders Graduation
What are you called to do in this world?

Explore your calling as an Emerging Leader Fellow!

Emerging Leader fellows are first- and second-generation immigrant young adults (between 18-30) interested in bringing diverse leadership to their churches and communities. Fellows spend a weekend of discernment at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, then are paired with mentors, meet monthly online, and are supported as they further explore spiritually rooted leadership for social change through paid internships.

I've been given an opportunity to explore my calling to help those in need and to share what I've learned with others. I've also learned to thrive in an open and affirming environment that allows me to express myself and share my voice with unique individuals.

Megan Zari2017 Emerging Leader Fellow

I am filled with gratitude for the mentors and facilitators that have supported our cohort in this endeavor. It has been a unique opportunity to connect with people and clergy who understand the inherent challenges for people of color and how those stories fit into vocational discernment. The internship has opened the door to explore facets of ministry that otherwise would have been difficult when one does not know where to begin to initiate the conversation.

Judith Johnson2017 Emerging Leader Fellow

My internship has allowed me to work closely with a cause that I care deeply about, immigration...This program has really opened my eyes and given me so much to apply to my work in my church and community. I have met like minded people who share similar thoughts and ideals with me, which is refreshing coming from a place where my individuality was disregarded.

Megan Zari2017 Emerging Leader Fellow

Watch Rexy Amaral, 2017 Emerging Leader Fellow, preach at Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church!

Rexy Preaching

You are…

  • A first- or second-generation immigrant
  • A young adult (18-30)
  • From California, especially the Central Valley
  • Interested in exploring spiritually-rooted leadership for social change
  • Through the Emerging Leaders program, you will…

  • Attend a two-day retreat at Pacific School of Religion in the beautiful Bay Area, January 12-13, 2018, to share your personal story with other changemakers; explore how migration is shaping our churches, communities, and the world; and space for vocational discernment–what you are called to do!
  • Give and receive cohort support through monthly online gatherings to strengthen connections, share experiences, and discuss your paths.
  • Complete a 200-hour, paid internship within the context of a congregation or a faith-based agency in your community.
  • Apply now!

    Apply to join the 2018 Emerging Leaders Cohort!

    Applications are due December 15th, 2017.


    Need more information?

    Contact Liza Smith, the Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator!


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