Episcopal Divinity School is pleased to announce the Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellowship recipients for 2013. The Fellowship is awarded annually and provides financial assistance to one or more seminarians seeking to strengthen their theological education through participation in a social movement concerned with important human needs, including, but not limited to, civil rights, community organization, fair housing, immigrant rights, prisoner rights, racial equality, or environmental justice.
The Daniels Fellowship is named in memory of Jonathan M. Daniels, Episcopal Theological School seminarian and civil rights volunteer, who acted upon his conviction that God wanted him to make a Christian witness in the struggle for civil rights and who, in doing so, lost his life.
The 2013 Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellows
Hassaun Ali Jones-Bey is pursuing an MA in Social Change at Starr King School for the Ministry in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His studies include work towards a GTU Certificate in Black Church/Africana Religious Studies, with a specific interest in Music, Spirit, and Community in the African Diaspora. He is also involved in a ministerial internship at the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco. Hassaun's extra-curricular activities include writing, music, bicycling, and grandfathering.
Hassaun's project, Emancipating God: Community-based, Multi-media “Freedom Schools” for Deconstructing “Religions of the Strong,” will develop and offer a course which leads students through conceptual frameworks and creative expressions for deconstructing “religion(s) of the strong”—regardless of the denomination or ideology in which oppression arises—and for emancipating concepts of deity from oppressive roles dictated by politics of empire. The goal is to empower students with tools for overcoming spiritual colonization and for achieving full individual and community emancipation.
Lorena Boswell is beginning her second year of seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry. Having grown up Unitarian Universalist with parents who were the first in their families to go to college, Lorena came of age with both great insight into the inequities in our society and a passion for addressing them. She began this path of working for social justice through a career in education: first as an elementary school teacher in inner-city San Francisco and most recently as the Coordinator of Humboldt State University’s Volunteer Center. It was through her experience volunteering with her students to serve people experiencing homelessness that she felt called to ministry.
Lorena’s project is to produce and distribute two editions of Hum of the Street, a street paper for Humboldt County CA. These editions will not incorporate a vendor program but will be distributed for free. This pilot effort will provide the opportunity for the applicant to develop partnerships and systems for publishing a paper while exploring the feasibility of creating a monthly street paper with vendors in this rural county that is grappling with a lot of both visible and invisible homelessness.
A life-long Anglican and church man, Moses Sowale grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. While engaged in ministries in Ibadan, he completed his BA in Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan. Moses’s interest in using pastoral care to support the empowerment of women and youth led him to further education in the US and he earned a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Boston College in 2009. Moses is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry program at Episcopal Divinity School. A committed listener, mentor, evangelist, and counselor, Moses strives to serve as a bridge between groups and individuals with differing points of view.
Moses's project, The Voice, will create a safe space for youth development and women’s empowerment within an immigrant population. Using interactive online tools and telephone services, essential mutual support systems for prayer and connections to services will be made available. The hope of the project is to build an intentional community and support system which improves self-awareness and reinforces self-esteem.