The Rev, Jason Poling, Class of 2015, has accepted a prestigious Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) Fellowship, co-sponsored by Global Jewish Advocacy (AJC) and the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) in Jerusalem. The comprehensive, year-long Christian Leadership Initiative study program introduces prominent Christian leaders and change agents from North America to the central ideas of Jewish ethics and faith, the diverse ideologies and practices of contemporary Jewish life, the meaning of Israel for the Jewish world, foundations of religious pluralism, and interreligious study. Poling is Senior Pastor of New Hope Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland. New Hope works to engage faithfully in both ecumenical and interfaith venues. This past year Poling was invited to serve as a Co-Convenor of the national Evangelical-Jewish Conversation.
CLI fellows represent an ecumenical cross section of Christian denominational and institutional leadership in North America, including clergy and laity from academic institutions and religious organizations, parishes, and dioceses. The Rev. Michael Battle, the recently appointed Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society at The General Theological Seminary, was among the first group of fellows.