Getting Started (2018-19)
The Wesley Foundation at Fisk is Building, Believing and Becoming, beginning the 2018-19 academic year with a bang. We welcomed Dominic Sterling, who is doing his Vanderbilt Divinity School field education as our Ministerial Assistant. He was present at the Freshmen Pinning Service on Sunday, August, 12, when we were delighted to see a former intern, Charles Grant (2016), now a student with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Charles pinned his freshman sister, Eliana (2022). We were greeted by his mother, who thanked us for the love shown Charles and his twin sister, Andreana, who is back to finish a degree in Art Education. Both she and Eliana are active with the ministry, bringing friends to our “What’s Love Got to do With It?” Cook-Out/Bible Study on Wednesday, August 29. The leadership team chose this title for our semester Bible study on the Book of Ecclesiastes, intern Niara Savage’s favorite. The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs brought visits from neighbors and 12 students had a blast playing Taboo. I had a blast watching them!
Students are excited about the upcoming second annual LIT (Leading in Transformation) Conference at Clark Atlanta on Friday, September 21 with 8 persons from Fisk scheduled to go. The leadership team plans for service projects include a tutoring proposal from interns Niara Savage and Terry Blackburn, that was endorsed by the Fisk Wesley board on 9.4.18. They were both inspired and challenged by their experiences with Project Transformation (Niara at Matthews Memorial UMC) and Freedom School (Terry at Gordon Memorial UMC) to develop their own idea for reaching out to neighborhood children.
We also heard from Khrys Hatch (2018) who produced and released his song “Red Letters” on YouTube. Additionally, intern and junior, Niara Savage, has had a book-signing of her novel, The Killing of Gregory Noble, which springs from her experience as a resident of St Louis during events surrounding the death of Michael Brown. Fisk Wesley participants are using their talents, their gifts and graces, building a firm foundation of faith, believing in the love and grace of Jesus Christ, and becoming the disciples that can help transform the world.
Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton is the Executive Director of the Fisk University Wesley Foundation. Contact Marilyn.