The Fahs Collaborative is an exciting laboratory that brings people together to explore and create innovative ways to deepen faith through educational encounters.  Using insight and tools from community organizing, social media, and transformative education, The Collaborative hosts people like you – change agents – who want to transform ordinary life experiences into something remarkable, evocative, inspiring, nurturing and community-building. We do this through acts of curriculum development and innovation, coaching, convening, dialogue and sharing wisdom and strategies.


The Fahs Fellows are global thinkers and curriculum innovators in faith development with an important message to share.  Fellows are intentionally selected with an eye toward insight and innovation, serving both as “public intellectuals” who speak on issues that are pressing within the profession of religious education, yet also offering pedagogical strategies that have potential to breathe fresh air into how we teach, learn and grow.  Watch Cohort #1 Fahs Talks here.

Karen Bellavance-Grace

Fellow for Innovation in Multigenerational Faith Formation

Kat Liu

Fellow for Innovation in Cross-Cultural Sprititaul Practices

Phil Lund

Fellow for Innovation in Technology

We're quite pleased to announce, too, the second cohort of fellows. They began their year-long research projects in Aprit 2014.   Halcyon and I are excited to work with them as their research unfolds.   Cohort #2 are pictured to the right:  Taryn Strauss, Director of Religious Education at All Souls, NYC; Jamil Scott, Director of RE at Fresno, CA; and Matthew Scott, director and choreographer at First Unitarian Society, Denver.  I'm sitting next to Halcyon Westall, the Ass't Director of The Collaborative.

We Who Defy Hate.  The Fahs Curriculum Incubator is brain-in-action trust of social/religious educators working to create a response to a particular educational challenge.   We were asked by documentary film producers, Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky in January 2016 to create the curriculum companion for the PBS documentary, Defying the Nazis:  The Sharp's War."  The Collaborative gathered four social justice educators - Dr. Jenice View, Dr. Laith Saud, Xia Xiang and Sharon Jaffee - to create an interfaith framework for the curriculum.  We Who Defy Hate was born.  Currently, it is housed on the PBS national website, at 1,200 Newman (Catholic) and Hillel (Jewish) houses on college campuses, and in UU congregations around the world. 



Social Action Study Guide.  The UU College of Social Justice comissioned The Collaborative to write a self-study guide to support people of faith doing social action in cross-cultural settings. Five educators with vast experience with service learning trips came to Chicago to craft a pedagogy for how to encounter and engage a community outside one's own culture.   Members included (R to L): Rev. Kathleen McTigue (Director of the College of Social Justice); Quo Vadis Breaux (former Executive Director of the New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Center); DRE Jenn McAdoo (co-author of Journeys of the Spirit: Planning and Leading Mission Trips with Youth); Rev. Julia Hamilton, social justice minister and co-author of the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, Resistance and Transformation: UU Social Justice History, and Dr. Mark Hicks, Director of the Fahs Collaborative, and facilitator of the Design Team.