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O Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

Taking two areas of great interest to him seriously — the renewal of the Sabbath and the Slow Food movement — Kurt M. Billings of St. James Lutheran Church, in Verona, Wisconsin, fashioned a sabbatical through the Lilly Clergy Renewal Program that allowed him to discover that Sabbath rest is different from simply collapsing after a long work week


Beyond the Howl of Coyotes: Reflections on a Good Sabbatical

Focusing his Louisville Institute sabbatical project around studying and praying the Psalms, William G. Carter of First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, looked to two quite different sites


What Must a Pastor Know?: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Arthur Boers, assistant professor of pastoral theology and coordinator of the Spiritual Formation Program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, surveys key insights that have emerged from a rapidly expanding literature on the nature and patterns of congregational life in the United States.


New Tasks for the New Congregation: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for regional ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, discusses changes in congregations' cultural environment before considering the new tasks that today's congregations must address,... read more >


Leaders' Perspectives on Youth and Youth Ministry: Insights and Discoveries

Anne Wimberly shares her own and other knowledgeable church and academic leaders' insights and discoveries in their quest to shape ministries that foster Christian formation and a future of hope... read more >


The Importance of Paying Attention to Family in Ministry

For the past two decades, the Lilly Endowment has supported several projects among religious institutions designed to empower and serve families. This work has helped to shape discussions, policymaking, scholarship,... read more >


10 Tips To Help Pastors Boost Their Twitter Presence

10 Tips To Help Pastors Boost Their Twitter Cellphone Presence Facebook Church Online Faith Community Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grants

Many people abandon Twitter shortly after opening an account. But if you stick with it, it will bear fruit.





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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