Renewal Blog

  • Sabbath in community

    Mar 26, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • It changed our lives

    Mar 12, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Renewal fuels attendance

    Mar 08, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Renewal and welcome

    Mar 05, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Clergy Renewal as congregational renewal

    Mar 01, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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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