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Media Contact: Kerry Traubert (404) 727-1170 ktraubert@fteleaders.org COURTNEY COWART APPOINTED REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR

Media Contact:

Kerry Traubert (404) 727-1170 ktraubert@fteleaders.org

COURTNEY COWART APPOINTED REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR CALLING CONGREGATIONS INITIATIVE

FTE taps scholar, author and community leader to cultivate “Vocation Care”

ATLANTA, June 2, 2010 – The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) has named Courtney Cowart—a scholar with extensive experience in community building, spiritual formation and education programs of the Episcopal Church—to its Calling Congregations program team.

Calling Congregations is a national, ecumenical e !ort to equip congregations and faith-based organizations to play a vital role in noticing and nurturing young men and women with the potential to become excellent pastoral leaders. It awards grants and fellowships; hosts learning events, workshops and conferences; convenes clergy and lay peer groups; o !ers online resources and fosters collaboration between diverse groups for cultivating cultures that identify future leaders.

for cultivating cultures that identify future leaders. Courtney Cowart Regional Director, Calling Congregations At

Courtney Cowart Regional Director, Calling Congregations

At FTE, Cowart will work with churches and other groups to create intentional and innovative ways to mentor young people as they explore what it means to be ‘called,’ a process the Fund describes as Vocation Care.

Cowart comes to FTE from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was founding co-director of the O"ce of Disaster Response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She also served as senior adviser for Missional Leadership Programs for the Diocese, and in this role developed and taught an accredited course, “Building the Beloved Community,” designed to introduce young adults and seminarians to new models of relational leadership and community organizing.

“Courtney’s experience is a strong match for the work of calling a new generation of leaders to renew the church and change the world,” said the Rev. Stephen Lewis, national director of Calling Congregations. “Her on-the-ground leadership in the Gulf Coast and at Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11 o !ers a rare perspective on why good ministry—and good ministers—matter to society.”

Prior to her work in Louisiana, Cowart was founding chief of sta ! for the post-9/11 Recovery Ministry of St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, where she also served the philanthropic programs of Trinity Church Wall Street. Her book, “An American Awakening: From Ground Zero to Katrina, the People We Are Free to Be,” tells the story

of what happens in congregations when people hear and follow their call in the aftermath of disaster, and explores “how to make the collective power of ‘lived vocation’ normative and contagious” in church and society.

A member of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Cowart earned her Th.D. in Anglican Studies and Master of Arts in Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

The Fund for Theological Education is a nonprofit organization that advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. For more information, visit www.fteleaders.org.