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New Organ Can Mimic the Sound of an Ojibwe Flute

New Organ Can Mimic the Sound of an Ojibwe Flute

Early in the project, church leaders asked the Casavant sound engineers to build a set of pipes that could mimic the sound of a traditional Ojibwe flute, called a bibigwan. [Read more].

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A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry delivered at the royal wedding a few weeks ago drew notice around the world for its energy, its very American style, and its subtly radical message of liberating love. But there was something else about Curry’s sermon that stuck out to some viewers: He read it from the podium on what appeared to be an iPad. [Read more].

Baptism and Ecology: The Search for a Rite that Connects the Dots

Supreme Court Rules on Gay Wedding Cake Message

Supreme Court Rules on Gay Wedding Cake Message

The Court took this action in a narrowly defined decision that was based on the egregious religious bigotry that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated in the way it conducted its hearings on this matter. The Supreme Court decision limits itself to the narrow question of unequal protection under the law and whether or not religious belief is protected by the First Amendment from overt government hostility in this specific case. It stops far short of affirming the right of individual Americans to refuse services based on their religious beliefs.


25 Favorite Hymns of Progressive Christians from Chuck McKnight and Patheos

"I recently asked, “What Hymns Still Work for You as a Progressive Christian?” And the response was amazing! Y’all came out of the woodwork to let me know what hymns you love. (And on the whole, it seems we progressive Christians do still love our hymns!) Since I received so much feedback (roughly 750 nominations that I counted), I figured I should tally them up and share the most popular examples, with a bit of brief commentary on each." Read More


Here is the list of the 26 top hymns among Progressive Christians with resources, sermon helps and historical information from Hymnary.org


The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy

The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy

Dates & Time: 
Jun 01, 2018

Join the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Berlin, Germany for a discussion of the findings of the recently-released 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index. [More Details].

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June 1, 2018 16:00–19:30 p.m. CET BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Reinhardtstraße 58 10117 Berlin, Germany

Introverts, Extroverts and Church Attendance

Introverts, Extroverts and Church Attendance

"Contrary to popular belief, an introvert is not necessarily shy (though some are). The introvert/extrovert dynamic has less to do with the ability to engage, and more to do with how we are wired, and where we most draw our energy. Extroverts are energized by conversation and external stimulation. Introverts, though they might enjoy a lively conversation at times, are often drained by external stimuli. They draw their strength and energy from a more internal place, and after a few hours at a party or too much people-ing, they need to stare at the wall for a few hours to recover."

Lives of Commitment 2018 Awards Ceremony

Lives of Commitment 2018 Awards Ceremony

For 200 years, Auburn has strengthened courageous leaders to catalyze social change. Join Auburn as we honor the bold and resilient women leaders dedicating their lives to advance justice in our time. [See photos from the Lives of Commitment 2018 Awards at Auburn]


On Branding Your Church

The notion that churches need to brand themselves the same way a soft drink or shoe is branded has been encouraged recently by research showing that brand identification can provide... read more >




2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Applications

Online applications are available for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, administered by the Heritage Fund...

God's Time

"Before I retired, the Lilly Foundation gave Asbury Theological Seminary a grant to enable its retiring graduates to...

Wind Farm Noise Reduction Grant from Lilly Foundation

Commissioner Frey also encouraged people to participate in a survey for Wabash Heartland Innovation Network that has...


Thu, Sep 27, 2018 - 09:00 am
The dates for Homecoming 2018 have been set for Sept.

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