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Pastoral Study Grants for Clergy

Grants for religious researchers and pastors from the Louisville Institute assist research and writing projects that advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also enhance our understanding of important... read more >

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Study Grant Programs for Pastors

The Pastoral Study Project Program at Louisville Institute offers clergy leaders the opportunity to conduct a serious investigation of issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Funding allows for... read more >

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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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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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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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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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A Look at the Health of Theological Education

A Look At The Health Of Theological Education  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Faculty members at theological schools are highly satisfied with their jobs. They are bidding higher for a select group of students. But those students are incurring far more educational debt than in the past. Those are among the conclusions of three studies. The studies, which were completed before the economic downturn,  update conclusions drawn 10 years ago on the subjects of theological faculty, seminary financing and student debt. They contain much good news and much that will require further conversation and closer study.

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Finding the Right Seminary

Finding the Right Seminary Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Christianity Immigration

Staci Imes knew she wanted to study at a seminary with a strong commitment to social justice.  She knew she wanted a program focused on training ministers, rather than scholars.  And while she’s committed to her denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she relishes the idea of studying with people from different traditions. But which seminary was for her?

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Sabbaticals Help Clergy Reconnect, Recharge

Sabbaticals Help Clergy Reconnect, Recharge Man Hiking Blue Sky Yellow Flowers Field Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

The 24/7 nature of ministry can lead to burnout. Thanks to the Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary, ministers are finding the time and money to recharge their spiritual batteries.

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Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

Study of the Torah   O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — for generations now, our ancestors in the faith have...

ARDA GlobalPlus: Religion and Nationalistic Politics in India

One of the most important test cases of religious and political nationalism is unfolding in India, where a political...

Anglican Archbishop’s Lenten prayer book Written by a Catholic Priest

For those that have followed the close collaboration and friendship between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury...

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