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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Experiencing God through Diverse Religious Traditions

What would it be like to experience Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy, and even contemporary American culture as a pilgrim, a seeker looking for God? That curiosity prompted the Rev.... read more >

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Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >

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Jackson Carroll on Pastoral Leadership

Drawing on the massive information collected in the Pulpit and Pew study, Jackson Carroll discusses contemporary pastoral ministry in this informative interview. Though most clergy are happy in their vocation... read more >

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Conservative Commencement Address 

"Harvard professor Danielle Allen's commence address at Pomona College was among the best at this year's graduations,...

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...

All Over The World Young People Tend To Be Less Religious

"Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a...

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