JPB is pleased to announce the award of the 2018-2019 Porter Fellowship to Ms. Della Wager Wells. In partnership with St. George's College in Jerusalem and the Berkley Divinity School at Yale, and supported by a generous grant, the Porter Fellowship supports a recent graduate of Berkeley Divinity School to serve for an extended period (typically 9 months) in residence at St George's College. The Fellowship "offers extraordinary Berkeley graduates valuable opportunities to learn from the witness of the College in the Holy Land, to participate in local peace-building and to strengthen their ministries with needed knowledge, experience, and relationships," said JPB President and former Berkeley Board member, The Rev. Canon Nicholas T. Porter.
Della recently spoke about the exciting appointment: "I am thrilled to have been appointed as the Porter Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowship is an amazing opportunity for contextual education and formation, and I look forward to a rich season of learning and experience that I will carry with me into my ministry.
The Porter Fellow has three main areas of focus: St. George's College, St. George's Cathedral, and Jerusalem Peacebuilders. At St. George's College, the Fellow works with the Dean to support the program of the College in administration, site reflections, and pastoral support of the program participants. At St. George's Cathedral, the Fellow works with the clergy to assist in worship and helping to support the life of the Cathedral."
The Fellow also supports Jerusalem Peacebuilders' reconciliation initiatives in Jerusalem, assisting with efforts to build and promote JPB's work with young people of all faiths in the Holy Land and all over the world. I am especially excited to work with Jerusalem Peacebuilders and to experience myself the relationships that can be built from respectful listening and understanding."