In less than three weeks, the Brazos Fellows will gather in Waco to begin our work of study, prayer and discernment together. It’s hard to believe we’re about to kick off year four of the fellowship! Paige and I are excited to introduce the 2021-2022 Brazos Fellows:
Cara Hoekstra is from Central California and just graduated from the University Scholars program at Baylor. In her tutorial, she will be looking at how the church should prepare young people for dating, marriage, and singleness. Cara has been attending Christ Church since summer 2019 and is excited to finally join the Brazos Fellow program. She is especially looking forward to the opportunity to develop habits and spiritual disciplines that she can take with her for the rest of her life.
Taylor Slusser is from Palmyra, PA (near Hershey and Lancaster). He graduated from Penn State in May with degrees in Classics, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Environmental Resource Management, and was also involved in campus ministry and research in biblical studies. In his tutorial he plans to explore early Christian Scriptural interpretation, particularly as it is conceived in relation to history and reality as a whole. One thing Taylor is excited about as a Brazos Fellow is re-integrating theological study with life in the community of faith—and also cooking and eating good food!
Emma Cann is from Dallas, TX. She graduated with an Intercultural Studies major from John Brown University in 2020, and currently works at Half Price Books—though her goal is to pursue museum work of some kind in the future. In her tutorial, Emma will be exploring the relationship between Christianity and the practices of restoration and preservation, both at the individual level and in communities. She looks forward to hearing different perspectives and ideas from the Fellows as they learn to be more like Christ together.
Kathryn Thompson is from Fredericksburg, TX. In the spring of 2020, she graduated with a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. Kathryn spent last year teaching first grade at Ambleside School of Fredericksburg, where she truly enjoyed learning and implementing the Charlotte Mason method and teaching philosophy. As a Brazos Fellow, Kathryn is looking forward to developing rhythms of spiritual disciplines and cultivating a deep community with the cohort and staff. In her tutorial, she will explore how movement is incorporated in Christian spiritual practices, especially with children.
Rachel Burke is from Boston, MA, and graduated from North Greenville University in 2014 as an English major. Rachel is currently on staff at Christ Church as sexton, where she also serves on the Altar Guild and in children’s ministry. For the last four years, she has taught in public school, and before that in private school, and in her tutorial she will explore questions surrounding pedagogy, formation, and cultural liturgies. She is most looking forward to having dedicated time, structured spiritual disciplines, and a community of accountability to push her to know God more deeply and listen to his calling in her life.
Please join us in praying for Cara, Taylor, Emma, Kathryn, and Rachel as they get settled in Waco and prepare to begin the fellowship.
In addition to a great incoming cohort, we’ve got an exciting–and very full–fall semester planned. In our Course of Study we’ll be reading texts ranging from Athanasius, to George Herbert, to Sherry Turkle, and doing so with the help of a sterling list of guest instructors: Hans Boersma, Ralph Wood, Elizabeth Marvel, David Wilhite, Matthew Lee Anderson, and many more. We’ll be praying the morning office together every weekday, and fellows will work one-on-one with a tutor, a spiritual director, and a life coach as they explore questions of calling and design. I’ll be traveling some to speak on and recruit for the fellowship, and Brazos Fellows will also host a number of public events at Baylor and around Waco. Stay tuned on the blog for more about all of the above.