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Tithing: Why People Give

Most academic and church-based conversations about faith and money focus on the needs of churches and the work they do to meet budgets. These top-down concerns do not excite the... read more >


The Challenge of Mainline Denominational Leadership

Even as society is increasingly multiracial, Mainline Protestant denominations remain largely Caucasian. In order to facilitate an anti-racist and pro-reconciliation stance, churches need to evangelize, recruit, and train people of... read more >


Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >


Finders Keepers: a Sabbatical Reflection

Pastor Mike Mather had the rare privilege of receiving two sabbatical grants from the Lilly Endowment. The first, in 2000, was a six-month break that allowed him to take his... read more >


Will there be a shortage of black clergy?

Though black congregations are financially stable and functionally vital, young blacks are trending toward legal and medical careers rather than ministry. This pattern is leading to a shortage of next-generation... read more >


Developing an African American Lectionary

The African American Lectionary project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, is an online lectionary offering commentaries, cultural tools, and worship resources for the Black Church in America. In this interview,... read more >


Africa and New Sight

In this sabbatical reflection on his trip through Africa on a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant, Malcolm Young discusses the contrasts between North American society and living conditions, and the various... read more >


How Collegial Friendships Nurture Pastoral Agility

Collegial clergy friendships across denominational and theological lines can be “immeasurably rewarding” and can spark new vistas of pastoral imagination that benefit congregations and secular communities, according to pastor Lillian... read more >


Transitioning the Newly Ordained into Ministry

Vocational disillusionment plagues new pastors because the transition into ministry causes clergy idealism to run up against the reality of human congregations. To help pastors, judicatories need to use non... read more >


Educating Leaders for Ministry

Contemporary Roman Catholic ministry leadership training is challenged by the expanding diversity of students entering seminary; the difficulty students have in integrating theory and practice, self and community; and the... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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