The quote above is an excerpt from an email sent to Pastor Meghan Gage-Finn from a member of her congregation. Meghan is a participant in the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program. Her email exchange with this congregant took place after the Fellows gathered in January to hear from business leaders and a regional economist about the future of Minnesotaâ€™s economy.
One of the speakers said that in his forty years in business, his pastor had never asked him about his life and work as a person in business. All the fellows took this to heart; Meghan went further, interviewing business leaders in her congregation and then preaching about what she learned.
The Collegeville Institute Fellows Program brings an ecumenical group of twelve participants together with professionals from other sectors of Minnesota society, toward the goal of helping to strengthen these religious leadersâ€™ sense of themselves as civic leaders and public theologians. In addition to business, the fellows engage professionals on the topics of criminal justice, poverty, immigration, health care, and education. A second cohort will begin in 2015.