Wake Forest's Leadership
Over the past three years, the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University has emerged as a national leader in addressing sustainability, climate change, and food insecurity through the lens of faith. Our specific niche is training and equipping faith leaders. Through the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, we train future leaders through a 15-credit certificate program in Food & Faith that is nested within the Master of Divinity degree. We also offer a robust continuing-education program. Our workshops, conferences, and retreats have attracted hundreds of participants from 17 states and five countries; from 10 colleges (Wake Forest University to Exeter University in England); and from more than a dozen Christian denominations, as well as from other faiths. With support from Kalliopeia Foundation and the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation, we created the Re:Generate Fellowship, a national program for young faith leaders who work in the areas of food justice and sustainable agriculture. Every June we convene a 5-day summer immersion course in Food, Faith, and Ecology in the North Carolina mountains. Our university partners include the WFU Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) led by Dr. Miles Silman (one of our panelists).