"You never know what part of your work can open up major opportunities and affect meaningful change for society"
Auburn convenes scholar-activists to encourage peer learning, to support their research, and to network. We understand there is strength in numbers. When we put the right people together in the right room, we know it yields positive change. Through accolades like Walter Wink Scholar-Activist Award, the CrossCurrents Research Colloquium, and additional support, Auburn continues to equip and support leaders for the multifaith movement for justice.
To honor the legacy of Dr. Walter Wink, Auburn Seminary has established the Walter Wink Scholar-Activist Award to recognize courageous individuals who dedicate their lives to advocating for justice and peace in our world. Given annually at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Meetings, the largest gathering of religion scholars in the world, where Auburn hosts a reception as a dynamic gathering of like-minded, multifaith leaders igniting social change.
Dr. Walter Wink served on the faculty of Auburn Seminary for nearly 25 years as a beloved author, speaker and activist. Dr. Wink’s scholarship focused on Jesus and nonviolence, and on responding to a challenging world with love and compassion. His best-selling books include “The Powers That Be” (Doubleday 1999) and “Jesus and NonViolence” (Fortress 2003). With his partner, June Keener-Wink, Wink’s legacy includes workshops on leadership, activism and faith.
The inaugural awardee is Dr. Traci C. West, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. She is globally recognized for her work on defending violence against women, racism, clergy ethics, sexuality, and other justice issues in church and society. Dr. West is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The 2016 recipient is Dr. Simran Jeet Singh. Dr. Singh is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He is also the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition of America. Dr. Singh is a leading voice in the national conversation on Islamaphobia, racial profiling, and hate violence.
The CrossCurrents Research Colloquium brings together fellows (religious scholars, sociologists, clergy, activists, artists and others) who have dedicated their work on topics pertaining to faith-based social and religious justice. The Colloquium offers a unique opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration by creating a harmonious environment conducive to research, discourse, collaboration, and reflection.
At the Colloquium, fellows pursue individual and group research for focused and facilitated discussions and seminars. Exemplary work is eligible for publication and exposure in CrossCurrents. Since 1950, CrossCurrents, is the preeminent quarterly publication for multi-denominational, faith-based participants and leaders alike.
Related to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we are seeking to support projects that focus on the broader theme of reformation and transformation within political, social, cultural, artistic or personal spheres.
Participants will work on related research or writing projects and collaborate with others in the group to strengthen and support their work. Access to the libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Union, Auburn, and Jewish Theological Seminaries is available. Media training will be offered to assist participants who seek a wider audience.
We invite applications from scholars and writers, artists and activists, as well as those involved in the not-for-profit sector, interested in faith-rooted efforts to shape a more just and peaceful world. Individual (or team) research projects are the focus of the fellowship, with late afternoon seminars, followed by shared dinners that allow ample time for conversation and collaboration.
Possible projects might include: