Auburn Rose Way Emerging Leaders Program May 2024

Auburn Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Rose Castle Foundation, is excited to offer the Auburn Rose Way Program for Emerging Leaders in support of our mission to identify and strengthen leaders from the pulpit to the public square to build community, bridge divides, pursue justice, and heal the world.
May 28, 2024
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Event Details


The Auburn Rose Way Program is an intensive, immersive experience with a multi-faith, cross-cultural, and diverse cohort of emerging leaders. Held within the rhythms of prayer/reflection, walk-and-talks, creativity and connection, the program will explore a deep-to-deep methodology that encourages and invites authenticity and challenge alongside a care and respect for our “others.” We will explore reconciliation with ourselves, reconciliation with our communities, and then reaching out beyond our communities. The program will include attending an Islamic jumma on Friday afternoon, Jewish erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, and the option on Saturday morning to attend either the inauguration of Auburn Theological Seminary’s President and Dean at The Riverside Church or services at a shul.

The program goals include:

  • Encounter: to build relationships with others from different faiths and/or backgrounds in a carefully facilitated space that fosters curious and respectful “deep to deep” conversation where nobody is required to leave their faith, ideology, or any aspect of their identity at the door;
  • Engage: to engage with the values, practices, and skills of a faith-based approach to bridging divides, transforming conflict, and reconciliation, including Scriptural Reasoning and other interactive frameworks, tools, and resources;
  • Restore: to build cooperative relationships across deep differences and move toward restoring broken relationships, on a personal and collective level;
  • Reimagine: to reimagine your role as a reconciler, emerging with your cohort as a confident network of faith-formed leaders with a focus on bridging divides, practical peacemaking, and conflict transformation.

When and Where.

From 9:00 am, May 28 until 4:00 p.m. on June 1, 2024.

The Janet Prindle Center for Prophetic Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City.

All costs (program, travel within the U.S., lodging, and meals during the program, and child care as needed) for those selected to participate in this cohort will be paid for by Auburn Theological Seminary.


Anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 may apply for selection into this cohort.

We seek a broadly diverse group of faith-formed and faith-curious individuals who are committed to: engaging across a broad range of differences (religious, political, societal, and other); acquiring approaches, skills, and habits that support deep-to-deep conversation across differences and conflict transformation, drawing on the wisdom of our faith traditions; and applying the methodologies in their own leadership contexts after the program.


Complete the application form to reflect your interest and experience.

Applications are due by April 19; selected applicants will be notified by April 30.

This is a selective program that aims to compose a diverse and committed cohort.



About the Rose Castle Foundation

Based in Cumbria, England, Rose Castle works with emerging leaders motivated by their faith and moving into positions of influence across societal divides.

Through the Auburn Rose Way methodology, you will be equipped to lead through change, chaos, and conflict, not just today but for the long term. Leaders learn with those on the other side of their divides, re-humanizing those they no longer see or hear, and working towards a more peaceful future where both sides flourish–where their differences still matter.

This methodology is called ‘deep-to-deep’ encounter. In a carefully facilitated space, where nobody is required to leave their faith or ideology at the door, it is possible to explore searching questions because it feels natural and safe to do so. This depth of interaction draws out vital common ground, but, more importantly, allows space to understand our differences. Instead of seeking shallow agreement, it enables a better quality of disagreement.

This focus on difference as well as common ground, with space to explore and articulate our faith or ideological motivations, makes the Auburn Rose Way unique.

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