The view from the windows of Auburn Seminary in Manhattan includes the Hudson River flowing past. But from there, the seminary has an expansive view of a world in need of healing. Auburn, which doesn’t offer degrees, is training leaders for the task and is dedicated to research, training, and advocacy.
Auburn’s Senior Fellows program is one of the most visible and vocal signs of its work, with 24 diverse leaders from multiple faith movements, known as “changemakers,” equipped to speak and interact on issues of social justice. The impressive cohort includes influencers like author Brian D. McLaren; activist and author Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis; and Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (the former pulpit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and, most recently, a new U.S. senator from Georgia.
“With this group and Auburn’s work, we’ve helped to name a space which is this multi-faith movement for justice, with some of the prominent prophets of our time,” says Dr. Katherine Henderson, Auburn’s president. “Faith leaders have a public role to play in helping to shape our shared public space. Senior fellows are our most prominent cohort.
“They are people with capacity and interest to build a public, prophetic platform, who feel they not only have something to say but that the tending of the soul of the country and the future of the planet is their work.”