The Forum for Theological Exploration
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.
FTE awarded a grant to Fuller faculty members Amos Yong (School of Intercultural Studies), Tina Armstrong (School of Psychology), and David Downs (School of Theology) to provide a series of forums through the end of 2019. Please note that these forums are open only to Fuller doctoral students in theology, intercultural studies, and clinical psychology, as well as Fuller faculty members. Information about them can be found below, and archived material collected during the forums can be found on FULLER studio.
These events are open to PhD students and faculty; BlueJeans video access will be available for those who cannot attend in person.
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 3–5 pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1–3 pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3–5 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1–3 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 3-5 pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3-5 pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1–3 pm
Navigating (White Evangelical) Academia:
Why Not Subverting Instead?
March 29, 2018
Panelists discussed what it means to say Fuller is a white or “color-blind” institution, why many of us might be vested in this reality, and what concrete steps are needed to form ourselves and our doctoral students (especially) so that all of us can live more fully into the call of the coming reign of God that includes many peoples, languages, and cultures.
Professor of Theology and Mission (School of Intercultural Studies)
Alexis D. Abernethy
Professor of Psychology (School of Psychology)
Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
The Question of Identity in Society, Institution, and Academic Work
May 9, 2018
This panel addressed the multiplicities of our identities: personal, societal, institutional, and academic ones in particular. After providing a set of common categories that we can use together, we explored the dynamics of how these identities can intersect, conflict, or compartmentalize in our vocation and the challenges that we face.
Daniel D. Lee
Director of the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Theology and Asian American Ministry (School of Theology)
Associate Professor of Psychology (School of Psychology)
PhD student in Theology and Culture (School of Theology)
Economics and the White Evangelical Academy, from the Latinx Perspective
October 3, 2018
This panel discussion will address, from a Latino/a perspective, how the academy has been shaped by modern/colonial economics and race relations as two of the elements conforming western academic hegemony through a global educational design, and engage in concrete discussion of how evangelical academics – faculty and students – can take concrete steps toward a more economically just evangelical academy.
Assistant Provost for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community and Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Studies
Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership
Kay Higuera Smith
Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Azusa Pacific University
Confucius or Socrates? Cross-Cultural Mentoring in White Evangelical Academia
April 17, 2019
This panel addresses some conceptual and practical issues in cross-cultural mentoring in a “white” context and the challenges and aspirations of the interaction between mentors and mentees. The questions to be discussed are: What are some models of cross-cultural mentoring and in what way should we navigate these? How do we best negotiate the potential tensions between keeping academic “norms” and being sensitive to cultural and racial diversities? How is the contemporary graduate seminar a historically “white” space and how can it become a more cross-culturally welcoming and inclusive site? The panelists come with their rich and diverse experiences of multi-cultural and multi-racial contexts and will bring thought-provoking insights to the audience for further interaction and reflection.
Diane B. Obenchain
Director of the China Initiative and Professor of Religion, School of Intercultural Studies
Eun Ah Cho
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Leadership, School of Intercultural Studies
Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Theology
Assistant Provost for the Korean Studies Center and Professor of Theology and Public Life, School of Theology
Soong Chan Rah
Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism
North Park Theological Seminary
Troubling Pedagogical Waters: Dislodging colonial pedagogical epistemologies in white evangelical academia
3-5pm, Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
This conversation commences on the contested premise that pedagogy within [predominantly white] evangelical academia proceeds from a practice that integrates particular curriculum content and design, instructional epistemologies and forms of evaluation that privileges a colonial epistemology. It advances the idea that this colonial epistemic version vis-à-vis what knowledge is of most worth, what it means to know something and how we might construct a representation of the world and our place within, is most valid.