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Unity in Diversity, Diversity in Unity

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

By Megan Wu

Capital Fellows Season 17 is now going into its fourth week of the program and we have been busy! Throughout the craziness of starting seminary classes, new jobs, and volunteering at the church/Cornerstone, we cannot seem to get away from one another; even hanging out together during our off-time. While this might not be sustainable long-term, and one might only see this as a honeymoon period, the love each individual fellow has for one another is a wonderful glimpse into how the Lord continues to love us.

Coming into this program I had fears about the different personalities and backgrounds of the other fellows. I have always had difficulty being vulnerable with people and knew this would be a Goliath for me. Upon meeting everyone, I found my assumptions about the differences in personalities to be accurate, but I failed to remember the unity we have in Christ.

Unity in Christ is not as a simple obligation to one another, but an outpouring of who we are as individuals in the Lord. There is unity in our diversity. Fellows come from all over the nation, bringing different opinions and gifts to the group which, on paper, might not make sense. At times we have seen these differences play out in simply choosing a movie to watch (which, by the way, took us 40 minutes). These differences are not a weakness of our group, but a strength: sitting in the discomfort of being around people who have not had the same life as you helps shape your worldview of others.

I feel the need to say our Fellows community is far from perfect, and we live in a world with broken people. Our community is just another example of this, but the emphasis on creating a community exemplified by Christ has made me feel loved and welcomed into a new group, with 14, new best friends. I’m sure we will run into issues down the line but, truly, the friendships created during this program—only four weeks in, I might add—have so clearly been intended by the Lord. God knew we would need each other during a confusing time, transitioning post-undergrad. Regardless of our differences, we've come together as a community that listens to one another and strives to outdo one another in kindness.

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith." - Romans 12:4-6


Pictures From The Week

A friendly game of Codenames with the crew

A McLean site, after-church selfie

Lumpia making for Monday night's dinner at Commons

Friendly pickleball sesh

Post-work week ice cream treat


Know a Potential Capital Fellow?

If you know a college senior or recent graduate that should consider joining the Capital Fellows program in 2024-25, please encourage them to get in touch with us. The easiest way to express interest in the program is our Contact Us Form. You can learn more about the program, including application deadlines, by visiting the Capital Fellows website.

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.


Pray for the Capital Fellows

Thank you for praying for the Capital Fellows each week!

Please pray that the fellows would continue settling into their jobs and with their host families well. Their seminary classes are well underway, as is Life and Leadership, an important time with some of our pastoral staff. Please pray for the fellows as the find a healthy cadence in each of the elements of the program.

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About The Fellows Initiative

Capital Fellows is part of a network of similar programs across the country. This network is called The Fellows Initiative. There are 34 Fellows programs in TFI, roughly 3,000 alumni living around the world, and more Fellows programs on the way.

If you know a church in the US or Canada that would benefit from joining TFI by launching a new Fellows program. Please contact TFI by visiting their website.


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