Four members of the Fuller Theological Seminary community—student Dawnesha Beaver and alumni Nathan Graesar, Jonathan Russell, and Steve Smith—have been selected to be part of the Future50 cohort. Assembled by USC’s Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the Interreligious Council of Los Angeles (IRC), the cohort brings together Millennial-generation leaders of social justice and interfaith dialogue into a common space where mutual learning, growth, and partnership can happen.
Fuller Seminary is known as a leader of interfaith dialogue among the evangelical community. It was the passion of Fuller’s fourth president, Dr. Richard Mouw, and the subject of his widely popular book Uncommon Decency. His tradition is being continued by students and alumni like Beaver, Graesar, Russell, and Smith.
The cohort members were selected based on their commitments to both their own faith communities and those of the rest of the Los Angeles area. “We wanted to uncover the up and coming talent that exists in Los Angeles’ faith communities,” says Brie Loskota, managing director of the CRCC. “We were looking for individuals who had a passion for their religious traditions and for building bridges with others from different background.”
Dr. Richard Flory, director of research at the CRCC, described the honorees in a similar way. "Where many in this world see religion and spirituality as a zero-sum game—if you have something, another person can’t have it—these people are about expanding the pie and opening up spiritual resources to the entire Los Angeles community. They are a very positive group of people."
To see the full list and the accomplishments of the selected cohort members, click here.