Magazine article The Christian Century

Lilly Puts $31 Million toward Clergy Programs

Magazine article The Christian Century

Lilly Puts $31 Million toward Clergy Programs

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In separate annual programs to give pastors sabbatical time and to reward programs that seek to sustain pastoral excellence, the Lilly Endowment has announced more than $31 million in grants to congregations and religiously affiliated organizations.

The biggest amount, $26.1 million, goes to 16 organizations with proposals to encourage men and women in ministry. Lilly grants in this second year of "pastoral excellence" programs recently brought cheers, for instance, from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Christian Church (Disciples).

* The theology and worship office of the PCUSA was awarded two grants totaling $2.9 million. The larger grant, nearly $2 million for a five-year initiative, brings together pastors, seminary faculty and church officials for intensive collaborative work in theology. The second program will help to create a churchwide system of mentors for seminarians and clergy in their first three years in pastoral ministry.

* The Nebraska regional bodies of the Disciples and the United Church of Christ will receive more than $1. …

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