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PhD Students Karen E. Mosby and B. Yuki Schwartz Receive Forum for Theological Exploration Completion Grant

August 7, 2018
Forum for Theological Exploration

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to announce doctor of philosophy students Karen E. Mosby and B. Yuki Schwartz have been selected to receive a Completion Grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).

The FTE Completion Grant is a one-year fellowship that is geared toward helping PhD students complete their dissertations. In addition to funding, Mosby and Schwartz will also attend the Forum for Theological Educators. Held November 14-16, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, prior to the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, the Forum will provide opportunities for networking, professional development, vocational exploration, and mentoring.

“Karen Mosby and Yuki Schwartz are exemplary Garrett-Evangelical PhD students, and their important research projects are making extraordinary contributions to the academy and the church,” said Dr. Charles Cosgrove, director of the PhD program at Garrett-Evangelical and professor of early Christian literature.

B. Yuki SchwartzB. Yuki Schwartz is a doctoral candidate in theology and ethics at Garrett-Evangelical and has a master of divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary. She is a candidate for ministerial ordination in the United Church of Christ and serves as the associate pastor for justice formation at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington. She also works as an educator and curricula developer with the Justice Leadership Program, also in Seattle.

Her dissertation is a political theology on shame, examining how shame and shaming have functioned to support and disrupt systems of oppression and marginalization. Other areas of research interest include postcolonial studies, intersectional feminism, Asian American history and politics, and constructive Christian theologies. She lives in Bremerton, Washington, with her partner, Clint, and their cat, Clawd.

Karen E. MosbyKaren E. Mosby holds doctor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Garrett-Evangelical and a bachelor of science in journalism degree from Northwestern University. She brings over 30 years in pastoral ministry to her PhD program in Christian education and congregational studies. She is an ordained Baptist minister, having served as a pastoral leader in the Baptist and United Church of Christ denominations. Currently, she is a member of the research team of the Young Adult Initiative at Garrett-Evangelical which is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Her doctoral research is located at the intersections of religious education, popular culture, and womanist biblical hermeneutics. She is interested in the prophetic witness of Black millennials in the United States. In particular, she is exploring how the hip-hop music of Black millennials contributes to their religious faith formation in light of the increasing decline in the engagement of millennials with mainline institutional congregations.

“My research is driven by a sense of divine calling to walk alongside young adults in their pursuit of fulfilling God’s purposes for their generation. As emerging prophets, teachers, guides, and change agents, they have much to offer to this world and to a Church who has ears to hear,” said Mosby. “I am so grateful for the support of FTE and its continuing legacy of helping to midwife new scholars at their various stages on the academic journey. Special thanks are also due to my advisor, Dr. Reginald Blount, and Dr. Virginia Lee, Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran, and Dr. Julie Duncan who enflesh excellence and hope for their students.”

In addition to its grants fellowships for dissertation stage doctoral students, FTE provides professional development opportunities for PhD and ThD students in the first two years of their studies. FTE developed these doctoral initiatives to help accelerate the completion of doctoral degrees among students of color and to foster diversity in the academy across North America.

Since 1999, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has awarded more than 550 fellowships to students of color and has maintained a 97 percent retention rate among its Doctoral Fellows. It is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching.