30 months ago, State of Formation was just a vague idea. 25 months ago, it was a concept plan. 20 months ago, it was a website. Now it is one of the most vibrant forums for emerging religious and ethical leaders in the world. Today we are celebrating a truly monumental moment in its emergence: its 1,000th article.
We have invited emeritus partners in visioning and creating State of Formation and shaping it into the national (and international) initiative that it is to share their memories about the moments when it crystallized as an idea and began moving from idea to meaningful reality as a movement-builder.
Our profound thanks to our partners, colleagues, readers -- and most of all the Contributing Scholars, who make State of Formation into the groundbreaking forum and network that it has become.
--The State of Formation Leadership Team
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master's in Church History in 2008 and her STM in 2009. A schoolteacher, Stephanie received the Most Promising New Teacher of the Year Award of 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri and has taught English and Performing Arts in public schools in St. Louis and the Bronx. She is a PhD student at Claremont Lincoln University, focusing on building and piloting a multi-religious curriculum for public secondary school students. Follow her on Twitter @SVarnonHughes.