Thursday, June 23, 2011

Call For Young "Activist Scholars"

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. - John 8:23

Truth is like a vast tree, which yields more and more fruit the more you nurture it.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Integrity USA is working with The Truth Force Project (TFP), a project of Hosanna! People's Seminary, which facilitates opportunities for the study of holy and unholy scripture, biblical scholarship, and liberating theologies, as well as spiritual and political community building, resource sharing, and action.

TPF practices the fearless pursuit of truth in community through faith, reason, and action in order to help people draw ever closer to Jesus and be the Church they wish to see. TPF is announcing an exciting new Activist-Scholars program, Good Sex/Bad Sex: Christian Taboos, Testimonies, and Transcendence.

TFP is seeking young, "Activist Scholars." Mike Uca-Dorn of TFP says this about "Activist Scholars":

There is a wonderful West African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet." An Activist Scholar is someone who does just that: she moves her feet when she studies and prays. An Activist Scholar is unsatisfied by either cold, cerebral scholarship or hot, anti-intellectual passion; she has a good connection between her head, heart, and feet and integrates her commitment to courageously seek out the truth with her commitment to courageously act on the truth to bring about justice.

Integrity USA is committed to raising up the voices of our LGBT youth. This is an opportunity to put those voices forward in a groundbreaking project. If you know of any Activist Scholars who might be interested in participating in this program, please pass on this information.


2011-2012 Activist-Scholars Program:

Good Sex/Bad Sex: Christian Taboos, Testimonies, and Transcendence

The Truth Force Project is announcing an exciting new Activist-Scholars program, Good Sex/Bad Sex: Christian Taboos, Testimonies, and Transcendence. In The Truth Force Project (TFP) we practice the fearless pursuit of truth in community, through faith, reason, and action in order to draw ever closer to Jesus and be the church we wish to see

We are recruiting Activist-Scholars ages 18-22 who are interested in investigating sex-positive and sex-negative formation and LGBTQ concerns in a Christian context.

About Good Sex/Bad Sex...

Rules regulating sexuality have become a litmus test for belonging in our most important institutions. Public officials and Clergy who break the rules might resign- or build webs of lies to hide their transgressions. Christian denominations that challenge the rules may face controversy or even schism. Pop stars hedge their appeal on appearing to abide in the rules or conversely living outside of them. But what do we- young Christians- have to say about it all? Assert your place in this discussion! Create a Christian community that you don't have to apologize to your friends about!

How the program works...

Based online, TFP connects young people together from across the country through video conferencing and is a new project of Hosanna! People’s Seminary based in New York City. Our ministry team brings years of experience working in a variety of youth and young adult ministry settings.

We know that students are busy, and thus our program takes about five hours per month. Here’s how it works:

• Attend nine interactive sessions via video conference from your computer. Sessions include guest speakers, films, presentations, and study of the issue.

• Complete at least two hours of issue-related service per month. (Those already engaged in related service can use it to meet this requirement.)

• Collaborate with stakeholders to do a small capstone project on the issue.

• Reflect on and share your journey throughout the program via Facebook, blogs, YouTube, a journal, etc.

• Pray.

Please note that if anonymity is a concern for a prospective participant, we will work with the individual to create alternatives to participate in the components listed above. Our program is meant for both those who are experienced with the issue and those who are just beginning their interest. There is no cost for the program and applicants have until July 31st to apply. All applicants will be notified in early August regarding their status.

For more information contact the Truth Force Project at

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