By Callie Smith | Sabbath comes to us as an extreme challenge, so extreme that it can be difficult to talk about. I remember gathering with a study group around a café table one evening to discuss the idea. What for weeks had been a talkative, dynamic collection of people suddenly stared at each other with awkward, blank expressions.
By Mike Mather | Our Clergy Renewal leave in 2000 first took us to India for two months, and then we headed off to the Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico for three months.
By Martin Wright | “This could be amazing! We could totally do this! This could really happen!” I remember well the day in 2001 when I first shared with my wife a newspaper article concerning an innovative new program from Lilly Endowment Incorporated aimed at strengthening the capacities and skills of pastors by offering a funded time of renewal leave.
By Teri Thomas | Thanks to a Clergy Renewal Program grant, I was able to take a three and a half month sabbatical in 2010. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for me and for the congregation, and the most amazing part is that three years later, the renewal is still taking place.
By Robert Saler | One of the concerns that congregations occasionally express about the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs is that the prospect of a renewal leave for a pastor seems uncomfortably close to providing a three-month “vacation” to that pastor.
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