By Robert C. Saler | We’re continuing our series of posts thinking about the spiritual sources by which congregations might think theologically about Sabbath and sabbatical. As mentioned earlier, one of the key realizations that comes with such a task is that Christians have often had a less robust appreciation of the theological importance of the Sabbath than have our Jewish sisters and brothers.
By Robert C. Saler | As I indicated in my last post, for the next several months we will be considering some of the spiritual sources from the Christian tradition as a way of theologizing about sabbatical. However, we should not forget that Christian sabbath practices are in fact derived from the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish faith in particular.
By Robert C. Saler | Easter blessings to you all! In the coming months, this blog space for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary will move in a slightly different direction. For the last year or so, we have focused on the benefits of sabbaticals for both pastors and congregations, as well as best practices for thinking about what makes for a high-quality renewal application process.
By Robert C. Saler | As you can imagine, our offices at Christian Theological Seminary are especially busy this month with the 2014 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs application deadline (April 9) just days away. We are already receiving materials in print as well as through the new online application system, which is available to applicants for the first time this year.
By congregation members from Genesis United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX | Our congregation’s primary goal for this grant was to allow Dr. Conner, his wife Lori, and their two sons the opportunity to have time together building memories, refreshing and renewing their family life as well as their spirits.
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