“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.”
—N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus
Brooklyn Fellows exists so that members of Resurrection Brooklyn can experience and grow in their understanding of the scope of the Good News of Jesus Christ: By his death and resurrection, he is renewing his people and the world. We want participants to see how their individual faith stories are part of the larger story of God’s redemption so that they find new freedom and boldness to serve the Church and to engage every aspect of culture.
To that end, Brooklyn Fellows is designed around the following theological and philosophical pillars:
• The biblical narrative of redemption is the most beautiful, compelling, and powerful story. Its scope is both personal and cosmic. Knowing the biblical narrative shapes and changes our experience of and perspective on everything.
• God is at work to redeem both our souls and bodies and calls us to live fully integrated lives. As such, our Sunday worship and private devotions are not in opposition or tangential to the rest of the week. Instead, they shape all we do. Furthermore, our worship and work equally reflect the reality of God’s renewing work through Jesus Christ.
• The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus Christ means the effects and implications of his Good News are to be felt and experienced in the here and now, even if in part. God is using all that we do for the sake of justice, peace, reconciliation and the flourishing for his eternal purposes. What we do matters and nothing is in vain.
• God does not call us as individuals, but as his sons and daughters into his family, the Church. As we live out our identity in the local congregation, God is at work to make his family the most the most beautiful, compelling, and powerful community. Furthermore, the mission of each congregation is to bear witness of God’s redemption in all things. As Lesslie Newbigin writes, the local congregation is to be “a sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.”
Participants in Brooklyn Fellows will explore all these pillars holistically: intellectually through readings, spiritually through Christian practices and disciplines, and relationally through intentional fellowship and community building.
Brooklyn Fellows requires a high level of commitment for 9-months starting in mid-September and ending early June:
• Participants are expected to attend the opening dinner and day retreat at the start of the program.
• Participants are expected to miss no more than 2 meetings each Fall and Spring semesters. Brooklyn Fellows meet on Monday nights about three times a month. While traveling, Fellows should make every effort to participate via Skype/FaceTime or the equivalent.
• Participants are expected to complete all the assigned readings.
• Participants are expected to engage in the Christian practices and disciplines on a daily basis. This includes Morning and Evening prayer.
• Fellows are encouraged to participate in any planned outings as well as meet with alumni of the program when appropriate.
Brooklyn Fellows requires no program fees. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own books (~$200) and the occasional group outing. Participants will also be asked to contribute to group meals, like the Christmas and Yearend Banquets.