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The Fellows and the Ring

Updated: Feb 25

By Josh Kapusinski

Last week was an important moment for the Capital Fellows: The Lord of the Rings movie marathon! Hosted by a wonderful family in our church, we had back-to-back sleepovers to watch the extended versions of Peter Jackson’s beloved trilogy. I have seen the movies countless times as a child and adult, but each time I am struck by how much hope Tolkien is able to communicate amid the onslaught of a world gone to war. It speaks to his faith and his ability as a writer to articulate, as Hemingway said was the hallmark theme of great writers, "courage and grace under pressure." It reminds me of John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Amen!

Capital Fellows during this time of the year aren’t exactly carrying power-mongering rings to the fiery volcano of Mount Doom, but we do bear something similar: the job search. Six months have passed since our own fellowship was formed, and at this stage in the program, we can feel ourselves being stretched by the uncertainty of not knowing what’s next or where we will be. Jokes aside, the path forward is certainly no trek to Middle Earth, but like Frodo and Sam, I think we all long for a place we can call home, for our equivalent of the Shire. The job search is a slight step in that direction, and unfortunately, on this side of heaven, it will always be just a step. 

The uncertainty we feel on this side of the job search will simply change faces once we cross this threshold. With that being said, I am trying my best to be as comfortable with the uncertain present, knowing that the time I spend with these people now I will miss once I am where I long to be, whether it be here or somewhere else. Like Tolkien says:

“The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.”

The Lord has our Fellows class in the same place now, but who knows what will come by May? For that reason, it is my prayer that each of us can enjoy this season as much as we are able knowing that Jesus walks every road with us, for he says in Matthew 28:20: “I am with you always.” Amen.


Josh Kapusinski is a member of the Capital Fellows class of 2023-24. He is from San Diego, CA, and is a graduate of Grove City College ('23). This year, he is working as a government relations intern at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC.


Pictures From The Week

The movie marathon begins!

The "Fellas" brush their teeth after a long night of watching Lord of the Rings.

And so do the ladies.

Spencer "scaring" a student at Cornerstone.


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About Capital Fellows. Capital Fellows is an advanced leadership and discipleship program for recent college graduates. Through graduate courses, a paid internship, one-on-one mentoring, and many leadership and community service opportunities, fellows develop and apply their gifts in real-world situations while learning to integrate a Christian worldview into all areas of life. Capital Fellows is a unique opportunity to live and work in the Washington DC area and to be an active member of a supportive community that seeks to serve the city with the love of Christ. It is also a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the workplace while deeply exploring God’s design for us as workers and contributors to human flourishing.


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