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Prayers Answered, Dreams Experienced

In this powerful sabbatical reflection, Pastor Tom Hux recounts his history with South African pastor Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a one-time political prisoner who escaped to California. The two met when... read more >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Loving Our Neighbors Means Embracing Even the Bad Ones

Boundaries are essential for marking identities; however, there must be gates in those boundaries so they can open and close in hospitable ways. Failure to structure gates into boundaries leads... read more >

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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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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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