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Deadline to apply for Project grants

Deadline to apply for Project grants

Dates & Time: 
Oct 01, 2017

The Louisville Institute offers project grants in support of research, reflection, and writing by academics and pastors that can contribute to the life of the churches in North America. This grant program is designed to support projects that can contribute to our enhanced understanding of important issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Application deadline is October 1 and grants are for up to $25,000.

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Lilly Fellows Program offers grants and awards

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts funds several special projects for National Network institutions and awards two prizes. Developed by the LFP staff in cooperation with the National... read more >


Auburn Social Justice Movement Receives Award

Valarie Kaur and the organization she heads, Groundswell, a multifaith movement for justice and social action, are recipients of The Reverend Dr. Richard B. Griffis Award from the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding... read more >


Auburn Seminary president urges support of gay marriage

It's time for government to catch up with the rapidly growing majority of Americans  demographics and religious affiliations — who are coming out to support marriage equality, said the Rev.... read more >


Promoting diversity at theology schools

The Association of Theological Schools, a member organization that supports and promotes excellence in seminaries and schools of theological education, has published a free, non-copyrighted PDF folio as a resource... read more >


Expert Advice on Being an Effective Board Chair

Knowledge of and experience in governing, an effective professional relationship with the school’s president, and the ability to practice oversight in governance are key skills of an effective board chair,... read more >


Symposium presents ideas for Improving chapel services

The consensus from a 2012 symposium on high school chapel services: Make chapel planning more collaborative. The symposium, held at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes worship renewal,... read more >


Faith is a transformation, not a list of rules

Lists of dos and don’ts, even if biblically derived, are only moralistic. While they may manage behavior, they don’t lead to conversions of heart from a worldly to a spiritual... read more >


Bringing faiths together through music

More than a century ago, missionaries discovered that singing biblical psalms set to indigenous melodies produced mass conversions among the persecuted Punjabis of what is now Pakistan. The Rev. Eric... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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