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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Clergy that Shape Congregations

In this wide-ranging interview centered around the book, God’s Potters, researcher Jackson Carroll discusses the four historic roles clergy have played – ministry as office, as profession, as calling, and... read more >


Resurrecting Excellence in Ministry

“Resurrecting Excellence” is excellence centered on Jesus Christ. The goal is to lay down self interest and take up the interests of others. In this interview, L. Gregory Jones discusses... 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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