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2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to announce and to recognize the Rev. Dr. Harry Eugene Simmons (M.A. ’84) as the 2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Samuel De Witt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) in Richmond. Since 1991, Simmons is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center as Staff Chaplain. 

$1 Million Grant Helps Rural Clergy to Thrive and Flourish

$1 Million Grant Helps Rural Clergy to Thrive and Flourish

Campbell University has received a grant of $995,627 to help establish the Fellowship for Clergy in Rural and Underserved Areas.

It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry.  

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Dates & Time: 
Nov 26, 2018 to Jan 01, 2019
Dec 26, 2019 to Jan 01, 2020

Faith & Leadership Resources

   Observing the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa has helped Ali Holness understand her uniqueness as a person of African descent and her value as a child of God striving to create unity among God’s people. [Read more}.

Apply Now for Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program

Apply Now for Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program

Details and application materials for the 2019 programs are now available.
 
In the 2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2019 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations, eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program. Activities funded by a grant in the 2019 programs may begin anytime in 2020.
 

Looking to the Bible for a Halloween Costume

Looking to the Bible for a Halloween Costume

"Old and New Testament stories describe sea monsters, giants and avenging spirits that are just as scary as the vampires or zombies we see on TV, according to religion scholars. People of faith just don't retell these tales very often, preferring more comforting religious messages.

"A lot of people don't have a way of knowing that there are monsters throughout the Bible because so many of them have been tamed or domesticated," said Esther J. Hamori, an associate professor of the Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living


Jana Reiss spent some time revisiting passages from Eugene Peterson's books that she's marked through the years as meaningful. Here are seven favorites.

Resurrection starts with grace
“Nothing and no one is a mere object, a thing that we can ignore or dispose of as we like ...  [More from Religion News Service]:

Link Between Faith and Video Games

Link Between Faith and Video Games

"Major cultural shifts sometimes happen in unexpected ways that traditional social indicators fail to measure. This may be the case today for religion in the online environment, partly because social scientists of religion may have been blinded by the emphasis on faith (rather than hope or fantasy) in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic tradition. " [Read more from ARDA].

Grand View University receives $1 million Lilly Endowment Grant

Grand View University receives $1 million Lilly Endowment Grant

Grand View University received a nearly $1 million grant to establish a program that supports rural religious leaders, the organization announced October, 2018. Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation, awarded Grand View $996,038. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry initiative that supports religious organizations across the nation. [Read more].

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