Eric Fought is a preacher, public theologian and commentator on issues related to the convergence of faith, culture and American public life.
Fought holds a Master of Divinity degree from Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. He currently is in studies in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
A significant focus of his ministry is focused on outreach to men and women who experience addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental illness. An alcoholic and crystal methamphetamine addict in recovery, Fought facilitates retreats and provides spiritual guidance to those in recovery, and works with parishes and congregations to help them minister to folks in their community.
His academic research interests include: homiletics, practical theology and missiology, liberation theology, Catholic Social Teaching, Roman Catholicism in the United States, American Indian spiritual practice, ecumenism, and others.
He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics, and the National Association for Lay Ministry.
A nationally recognized political and communications strategist, Fought spent more than 25 years working in electoral politics, issue advocacy, nonprofit management and public affairs. In 2006, he joined the staff of the Democratic National Committee, part of the 50 State Strategy of former DNC chair Governor Howard Dean. In his role with the DNC, Fought assisted state Democratic parties with their communications strategy and served as communications director of both the Minnesota and Nebraska state parties. He has also served as campaign manager of a targeted statewide U.S. Senate campaign, as advisor to members of Congress throughout the country, and as a senior aide to the Mayor of Minneapolis.
In 2012, Fought served as communications director for Our Vote Our Future, the official statewide campaign to defeat the Voter ID amendment in Minnesota. He also served as communications director of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, a coalition of labor, community and faith-based organizations working to bring about racial and economic justice in the state.
He attended the University of Minnesota, where his undergraduate major was in Religious Studies, with the specific interest areas of pluralism, American Indian spiritual practice and the intersection between faith and politics.
Because of his unique professional background and extensive theological scholarship, Fought is a regular commentator on issues related to the convergence of politics and faith in American culture and travels extensively as a retreat facilitator, workshop presenter and keynote speaker.