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Note to reporters and editors: Please be sure to check the attached list to see if one or more congregations and pastors in your area have received this award. This release and the list are also available on our Web site, lillyendowment.org.


Gretchen Wolfram 317-916-7304 317/255-2640 (home) wolframg@lei.org

For Immediate Release December 6, 2010

11th class of clergy renewal recipients selected to participate in Lilly Endowment program

From Maine to Oregon, Idaho to Florida, 149 congregations will send their pastors forth for an extended time of sabbath renewal and reflection as part of the National Clergy Renewal Program, funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. The program allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and gain the fresh perspective and renewed energy that a carefully considered season of travel, study, rest and prayer can provide.

Many of the pastors will venture far from their home grounds to visit the Holy Land or other places of familial or religious significance, to join colleagues who are engaged in ministries and missionary work elsewhere in the world, to hone their skills in music, writing and the arts, or to engage in theological study and spiritual retreats.

Two pastors will literally go to the ends of the earth. One will make a photo voyage to the Arctic wilderness; another will follow the route taken by legendary polar explorer Ernest Shackleton from England to South Georgia, Antarctica, in 1914.

The pastors are members of the 11th class in the National Clergy Renewal Program, and they bring to 1,440 the number of congregations that have participated since the program began in 2000. Through this program, the Endowment invites Christian congregations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support an extended period of intentional reflection and renewal for their ministers. The ministers, working with their congregations, design their renewal periods to suit their own needs and aspirations. The pastors are encouraged to include their families in the renewal activities.


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