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Living into God’s Dream for Us

The Rev. Catherine Caimano reminds us in her sermon that the only real life is the one we have with God. Now it is a dream we live into; but... read more >


Sustaining Christian Community through the Sacraments

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the focus of some of the most extraordinary moments in Christian worship. Understanding why we celebrate these two sacraments informs how we celebrate them.... read more >


Don’t Just Do Something; Pray

President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated the modern tendency of U.S. Presidents to push a heavy agenda during their first 100 days in office. By contrast, Jesus spent the first 40... read more >


Practicing Daily Prayer: Four Examples

This brief article by Kimberly Winston outlines the discipline of daily prayer as practiced by four Christian leaders: Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education;... read more >


Having This Ministry – A Sermon

Ministry is not easy; it often comes with sharp pain and torment. Yet 70 percent of the active clergy interviewed for the National Clergy Survey say they have never doubted... read more >


Sizing up the competition

Sizing Up The Competition Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Church Sanctuary Christianity

When it comes to church size, bigger is not always better.


Contemporary Worship a Boon to Churches

Contemporary Worship a Boon to Churches Youth Music Christianity Stained Glass Lilly Foundation Funding Insights Into Religion News

With its emphasis on an expressive spirituality, contemporary worship may be one of the most promising avenues for congregational growth.


Tradition puts spotlight on gift of music

Tradition puts spotlight on gift of music Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

Appreciation for music’s vital role in ministry is the impetus behind Choir Anniversary, a tradition in many black churches. The African American Lectionary provides resources for congregations planning the celebration.


Pay Attention to Worship Services

The worship service is often the first opportunity for a potential new member to connect with a faith community. According to the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey,... read more >


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 >





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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