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News from the Hill May 05, 2009 | back to index

Andover Newton student Louis Mitchell wins Beatitudes fellowship

Andover Newton Theological Seminary student Louis Mitchell has been awarded a Summer Fellowship by The Beatitudes Society. The Santa Barbara, CA-based Beatitudes Society “develops and sustains emerging Christian leaders at seminaries and divinity schools as they build a progressive network for justice, compassion, and peace as expressed in the Beatitudes.”

Mitchell will be serving at African American Ministers Leadership Council in Washington, DC. He will be part of the 2009 class of twenty Summer Fellows working as interns at social change organizations in Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago, IL, from June 8 to August 3, 2009. Fellows will also participate in weekly reflection sessions and will gather at the end of the summer for a retreat at the Fetzer Institute.

The students will be awarded a stipend by The Beatitudes Society to help cover summer living expenses.

The four-year-old Beatitudes Society plans to build chapters at divinity schools and seminaries across the United States. Chapters are designed to offer students and faculty a forum for shared reflection and action and provide students with mentoring relationships as they develop their potential for progressive Christian leadership.

The Beatitudes Society also provides students with resources that complement their graduate theological studies. The organization aims to develop and sustain “emerging Christian leaders at seminaries and divinity schools who will: advocate for justice, compassion, and peace; counter the Christian Right with a clear message of the welcoming and generous love of Jesus as expressed in the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount; and articulate a Christianity that dares to speak and act for our fragile planet and our most vulnerable citizens.”