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  • Sharpening our focus

    Jul 31, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Kevin R. Armstrong | Searching for lost coins, lost sheep, and lost children seems to be the gospel’s reminder that sometimes we become inattentive and neglect the people, places, and events that matter most to God and to each of us. After 25 years of ministry, I recognized I sometimes lost focus, overlooked the obvious, and neglected what was directly in front of me.

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  • Sabbath for one another

    Jul 17, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Callie J. Smith | Valuable as the concept of sabbath time may be, I’ve been paying a great deal of attention lately to another metaphor: that of space. Sabbath days and renewal leaves set apart a certain kind of time in the rhythm of our lives. They also set apart a certain kind of space. “One of the most precious gifts we can offer is to be a place of refuge, to be Sabbath for one another,” writes Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives (119).

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  • Sabbath for one another

    Jul 17, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Callie J. Smith | Valuable as the concept of sabbath time may be, I’ve been paying a great deal of attention lately to another metaphor: that of space. Sabbath days and renewal leaves set apart a certain kind of time in the rhythm of our lives. They also set apart a certain kind of space. “One of the most precious gifts we can offer is to be a place of refuge, to be Sabbath for one another,” writes Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives (119).

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  • Joy not just permission

    Jul 03, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Robert C. Saler | People are often curious as to what distinguishes excellent proposals to the Clergy Renewal Programs from others. There are a few ways of answering that question. The first is to point to the document featured on this site, “What Makes for a High-Quality Proposal?” This guide has some great tips from past recipients on how to craft a compelling proposal. The second is to emphasize nonconformity.

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  • Renewal as testimony

    Jun 19, 2013 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Project

    By Callie J. Smith | Rest, renewal, and sabbath have suffered immensely at the hands of Western individualism. In some spiritual traditions, these related practices had the ethical gravitas of not killing, not stealing and not lying (e.g. note the presence of sabbath practice in the Ten Commandments). Yet, many of us now actually feel guilty about making time for them.

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