Two members of the Brent House community were named fellows by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) for the 2009-2010 academic year. Alda Balthrop-Lewis was named a 2009-2010 Ministry Fellow and Nina Giviyan-Kermani was named a 2009-2010 Undergraduate Fellow. The two are part of a group of gifted students from across the country who were awarded fellowships as part of the fund’s efforts to support talented young people to explore and develop their ministry leadership skills.
Balthrop-Lewis is a Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her academic work focuses on developing an articulation of religion journalism as ministry. She hopes to develop the knowledge, experience, and critical insight necessary to do religion journalism responsibly in an era when media coverage of religion, religious movements, and religious people is critical to mutual understanding and political progress.
Giviyan-Kermani is a rising fourth year in the college majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies with a concentration on Islam and the Middle East. She is a peer minister and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church this year. She is considering ordained ministry and this fellowship provides scholarship assistance, mentoring and other resources to help her explore her vocational interests.
FTE Fellowships are awarded annually to help improve the supply, quality, and diversity of young ministry candidates.
(Watch for an official press release soon!)