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Beyond the Fellows Program

On a bitterly cold winter night in early January, we gathered for dinner to welcome back one of our members from the mission field. It was the perfect opportunity to share our thoughts and especially our memories from that first year together. We began together in 2005: twelve mid-career professional women (well, one was slightly older) and two mentors. During the retreat at Wintergreen in September of that year, we met for the first time. There was plenty of opportunity that weekend to share our stories…to laugh and cry together and to bond. We ate, we hiked, we stayed up and talked late into the night. We were a diverse group. Some of us were married and some single. The careers were as varied as the women themselves. But what a joy it was to share openly about our faith walk and to see we shared a genuine desire to grow in our discipleship. As one of us described it, it felt like meeting “friends who also got a green card from Jesus to walk on earth confidently with faith in him and looking forward one day to get a citizenship in heaven.

Little did any of us know then that the ties that first drew us together would continue to keep us united for five years. At the end of that first year, a few debated about whether to continue on with Year Two, but ultimately we all signed on for the second year, with only one exception, which was due to a move. No one wanted to miss out on the opportunity to learn and grow together. . .

Year Five Fellows

Year Five Fellows, 2005 – 2007, is a C.S. Lewis Fellows group who began their journey together as disciples of Jesus Christ and who articulate, defend, share, and live their faith in personal and public life. Their group continues to meet regularly.  

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