8th Jan, Monday
10:00 to 10:45 AM | Venue: Duke Chapel in the Divinity School
This ceremony marks the commencement of our fellowship journey. During this session, distinguished speakers will impart invaluable insights, expectations, and their vision for the cohort, setting the tone for the transformative week ahead.
11:15 to 12:00 AM | Venue: York Room
The session is designed to familiarize participants with the program’s structure, objectives, and expectations. It’s an opportunity to introduce the fellows to each other, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. The session will also cover logistical details and provide a platform for fellows to voice their aspirations and concerns.
12:00 to 01:00 PM
Environment Work as Spiritual Journey – I
01:00 to 2:20 PM | Venue: York Room
This segment will feature a one-on-one interview-style conversation with Ellen Bernstein, focusing on her personal journey as founder of the first national Jewish environmental organization, and her more current work as a writer and environmental/religious thinker. The session will explore themes such as communicating the environmental message, the emotional dimensions of climate change work, and the power of language. Ellen will share insights and experiences that encapsulate key aspects of her journey, providing valuable lessons and inspiration for youth fellows.
2:20 to 2:50 PM
Environment Work as Spiritual Journey – II
2:50 to 4:00 PM | Venue: York Room
Following a 30-minute break, this session will delve into helping participants connect with what truly moves them, aligning with their deepest purpose. Ellen Bernstein will guide the fellows through the process of identifying and embracing their personal callings, especially in the context of religious and environmental work. This part of the session will emphasize the spiritual task of aligning with one’s true purpose, beyond conventional societal expectations like monetary success and status.
4:00 to 4:30 PM
A guided reflection period where fellows will process and share their thoughts and experiences from the day’s activities. This is a crucial time for the group to internalize lessons learned and foster deeper connections among participants.
5:00 PM onwards