THE FAHS COLLABORATIVE

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.

FAHS FELLOWS

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.

CURRICULUM INCUBATOR

ON MY PLATE...

MARK'S UPCOMING EVENTS 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

 

 Creating Theology Together.  

Our newest curriculum is a learning exercise that invites individuals to not only identify their theological commitments, but to do so in the company of others who may or may not share your same beliefs.  Led by ministers and religious educators,  to inform & shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.  Curriculum launch:  June 2019.

 

Gathering Our Selves: Faith Formation for the Melanin Majority. Based on the ourcome of my work over the last five years, it's clear to me that the human and faith development of people of color in  primarly White cultural context can cause psycho-spiritual distress among non-dominant cultural groups.   Gathering Ourselves reverses that trend and orients participants toward flourishing ways of thinking, feeling, and being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LECTURES/CONFERENCES

UUA Commission on Instituional Change.  Walnut Creek, CA   Oct. 1-3

 

Race and Formation as a Family Matter.   Eno River, Durham, NC. Oct 19-21.

 

 

Keynote:  Tools for The Shift: Foundational Insights for Transformive Communities"  Mosiac Makers National Conference.  San Diego, CA.  Oct. 28-31.


Workshop: Gathering Our Selves Spiritual Direction for People of Color.   CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  Jan 22-26, 2818

 

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

 

Liberal Religious Educators Association, Fall Conference.  Houston, TX  Nov. 2-5

 

Multicultural Congregations as Faith Formation (with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen).  All Souls Church and The Church of the Restoration.   October 28-Nov 2.  Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 



 

RESEARCH

 

 

 

 

Just published!   "Religious Education and the Traditions," in The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Higher Education (2018).  The article is a review of the history, trends and practices employed by religious workers in transmitting religiosity to its faithful. The chapter is also an excellent resource for teachers and those curious about exploring how faith formation “works” as well as the role specific teaching practices. The handbook features preeminent scholars from the fields of religion (some excellent scholarship on faith formation!) education, law, and political science to craft a comprehensive survey and assessment of the study of religion and education in the United States

 

 

 

 

BELOVED CONVERSATIONS RETREATS

ChicagoLand BC Retreat, Oak Park, IL (Unity Temple); Nov 16-17

 

Cedar Lane, Maryland; January 18-19

 

San Luis Obispo, CA; Feb 1-2

 

All Souls, Unitarian, Washington, DC Feb. 22-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2013 was an extrordinary month for many reasons.  Stll hard to put it all into context but I was joined by 18 Unitarian Universalists from my home congregation to connect our African American identities back to Africa.   Titled, “Sankofa: Looking Back in Order to Move Forward,” pilgrimage to Ghana, site of the slave castles that were the point of departure for The Middle Passage.  A few insights from my journey are posted here.

SANKOFA
LOOKING BACK/MOVING FORWARD