State of Formation Annual Contributing Scholars is Open!

Dear friends,

We are pleased to share that our Annual Contributing Scholars is now open! Nominations and applications for emerging ethical and religious scholars are now being accepted. Those interested in applying or nominating can do so here.

Since 2010, emerging religious and ethical leaders from around the country and the world have engaged each other and readers by sharing their stories and views on State of Formation. Conversations once dominated by established leaders are now readily embraced by the up-and-comers, and accessible to contributors from many different moral, faith, political, economic, and social backgrounds. State of Formation garners over 150,000 views per year and has over 200 active Contributing Scholars.

State of Formation is a community conversation between young leaders in formation. Together, a cohort of seminarians, rabbinical students, graduate students and the like – the future religious and moral leaders of tomorrow – will work to redefine the ethical discourse today.

Contributing Scholars to State of Formation will be able to take advantage of the numerous benefits to participating in the State of Formation Contributing Scholars Fellowship. In addition to being recognized as a Contributing Scholar by the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue, Contributing Scholars are eligible to participate in annual networking events and may have their articles featured on additional platforms such as The Huffington Post, Interfaith Youth Core, Pluralism Project, Interfaith Observer, and Tikkun.

Nominees and applicants either should be recent graduates or currently enrolled at a seminary, rabbinical school, graduate program, or another institution for theological or philosophical formation. On rare occasions, exceptions will be made to these guidelines in order to increase the diversity of the writers. Contributors should commit to post monthly articles on the forum and comment on other articles while showing respect to others from different traditions.

If you are interested in applying or nominating someone to be a Contributing Scholar, please take a moment to fill out our brief nomination form. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.


Benjamin Barer, Editor at Large

H. Eichler, Managing Director

State of Formation is a forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Founded by the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, State of Formation is a project of the Center for Inter-Religious & Communal Leadership Education at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. It also works in collaboration with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.


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