Griff Gatewood, M.Div. ‘13, has been awarded a fellowship by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics)  to participate in a two-week program in New York, Germany, and Poland in June 2013. The fellowship gives journalism, law, medical, and seminary students a structured program of study that explores the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues.
Gatewood is one of 14 seminarians and divinity students who were chosen for the fellowship.
The 2013 program will be led by Kevin Spicer, James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History at Stonehill College; LeRoy Walters, Joseph. P. Kennedy, Sr. Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University; and Rabbi Nancy Wiener, Clinical Director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Gatewood says he hopes to “learn from the German World War II context, in which pastors also struggled—faithfully and unfaithfully—with the societal structures of their day. I hope to gain a richer understanding of the context in which I will pastor and to work toward making civic life reflect the peace that is at the heart of the life of God.”
The seminary fellows will travel with a similar group of FASPE medical fellows, beginning at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, where they will meet with Holocaust survivors and work with FASPE staff and guest scholars. They will then visit Auschwitz, Krakow, and Berlin.