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Adese Fellowship

The Adese Fellowship:  A catalytic experience for emerging entrepreneurs who renew the Church's mission to create a just world for all. 

The United Church of Christ is excited to announce the Adese Fellowship!

This groundbreaking, ecumenical program will engage participants in theological reflection and business development as they create enterprises that help their communities follow the way of Jesus and live into God's economy.

The all-expenses-paid, 12-month program will maximize the capacity of fellows to build sustainable ventures that counter systemic poverty.  

While Adese is an initiative of the UCC, the program welcomes applications from any faith-driven entrepreneur who is committed to a just world for all. 

Read the overview to learn more. Explore the curriculum and faculty here

Read article announcing launch of Adese. 

Applications for the 2018 Adese cohort are closed. 

We are elated to say that the Adese Fellowship Class of 2018 has been selected. Learn more about the fellows here.  

We received applications from all over the country, with many projects that are deeply impactful to local communities.  The Adese Fellowship is a program designed to support ventures seeking to make a direct impact in areas of economic injustice, from a faith-based perspective. It was a competitive and difficult decision to narrow down our applicant pool, and the passion and skill that runs throughout all of the applications is apparent. 

For further information about the Adese Fellowship, contact Melina Higbee, Strategic Programs Administrator, at or 216-736-3817.