Skip to main content

Faithful Democrats Announces Emerging Leaders Fellowship Recipients

1/31/2009 - 8:01 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

Washington, D.C. (January 31, 2009) - Faithful Democrats, an online Christian community dedicated to working for the common good, today announced the recipients of the 2009 Faithful Democrats Fellowship For Emerging Leaders. This distinction is given annually to top emerging leaders in America's progressive faith community.

Fellowship recipients are located around the country, and they have a diversity of experiences and come from a variety of backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they have demonstrated their outstanding talents and have gone above and beyond in the name of the common good.

During their fellowship year, these emerging leaders contribute regular columns to the Faithful Democrats site, where they reflect on the political issues of our day and shape the public discourse at the intersection of religion and politics. The fellowship program also specifically aims to bring together up-and-coming talent to meet with many of the foremost voices in progressive politics through exclusive skill-building events, specialized career counseling, and conference calls with distinguished guest speakers.

We are proud to announce that the following twelve emerging leaders have demonstrated the passion and compassion that sets them apart as Faithful Democrats Fellows:

Onleilove Alston
M.Div./M.S.W. program at Union Theological Seminary & Columbia University School of Social Work

Brady Banks
Director of the Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee

John Cosgriff
Masters in Religion, Ethics, and Politics program at Harvard Divinity School

Valerie Cousin
Master of Divinity program Union Theological Seminary

Elizabeth Berne DeGear
PhD in Psychiatry and Religion program at Union Theological Seminary

Ian Heston Doescher
Ph.D. program focusing on issues of racial justice in the United States at Union Theological Seminary

Jessica Kawamura
M.P.P. program at the Goldman School of Public Policy, the University of California, Berkeley

Tabitha Knerr
M.P.P. / M.Div program at the University of Chicago

William Ellis Hill
Political communications consultant, Washington, DC

Jonathan Patrick Levine
Political campaign consultant, Washington, DC

Wilson Paine
Masters in Theological Studies program at Harvard Divinity School

Leigh Rogers
Masters degree in Theology program at Union Theological Seminary

Faithful Democrats is an online Christian community dedicated to working for the common good. Inspired by the lessons found in Scriptures, we believe that pursuing justice and compassion is not only morally right but is also the basis for sound and successful governmental policies.

Rob Lalka (

Rachel Johnson (



Faithful Democrats  DC, 20520 US
Rob Lalka - Co-Director, 504 4526155


faithful democrats emerging leaders fellowship faith politics public life


Rate This Article

Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful at All

Yes, I am Interested No, I am not Interested

Rate Article


Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment

Newsletter Sign Up

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 4:12-21
'Let the nations rouse themselves and march to the Valley of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles be glad! ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:27-28
It happened that as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd ... Read More

Saint of the Day

October 10 Saint of the Day

St. Francis Borgia
October 10: Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. ... Read More