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  • Spiritual sources for thinking about sabbatical: Practices

    Aug 06, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Robert C. Saler | As we turn now, in this series, to Christian sources for thinking about the theology and spirituality of sabbath, we are in a position to carry forward one of the most important lessons learned from both the Hebrew Bible and the work of such Jewish thinkers as Abraham Joshua Heschel: in order for sabbatical to be truly effective, it must be part of a larger rhythm of spiritual life and not simply an occasional occurrence.

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  • Spiritual sources for thinking about sabbatical: Judaism

    Jul 02, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Spiritual sources for thinking about the Sabbath: The Hebrew Bible

    Jun 04, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Seeking your ideas: How do you think theologically about Sabbath?

    May 07, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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  • Clergy renewal: Looking (and dreaming) ahead

    Apr 02, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    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.

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