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whose parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hopes his workshops on the Sabbath and journal work will equip his parishioners to tell their Katrina stories. A pastor of Filipino descent will write an ethnic heritage reflection handbook for his congregation, and an Ohio pastor will follow the path of African slaves from sites of bondage to routes of freedom.
Many pastors love music and the arts, and the renewal program gives them the leeway to indulge this passion. One will receive professional instruction in blues guitar so he can write songs based on the psalms of lament in the Bible. Another, once a prolific composer of sacred music, will have an uninterrupted period of time to compose again. One pastor will sing at the Berkshire Chorale Festival. Another will visit sites associated with his “three B‟s” – Bach, Beethoven and the Beatles.
Other pastors will take art classes, view the masterpieces of Europe, or attend writers‟ conferences and retreats. Another pastor will visit Russia to explore the craft of iconography.
Many pastors find the renewal time an excellent time to get fit – and learn how to stay that way. One will train for a marathon while others will hike the Appalachian Trail or trails in various national parks. One will walk the 500-mile el Camino de Santiago (“the way of St. James”), an ancient pilgrimage route in Spain. Several want to learn to grow, prepare and cook healthy foods.
Typically, many pastors will make spiritual retreats in places of renowned hospitality for meditation and contemplation. This year‟s pastors will travel to Iona, Taize, the labyrinth at Chartres and other contemplative retreat centers in the United States, Europe and South Africa.
All these renewal programs exhibit the basic thrust of the Endowment‟s program: a chance for congregations and ministers to engage in renewal of a kind that will have important impact on their churches, their individual members and their communities.
“The wealth of imagination unleashed by this program is truly wonderful to see,” says the Endowment‟s Dykstra. “We can think of no better way to honor these hardworking, faithful men and women than to help them experience personal growth and renewal in ways that they themselves believe will feed them most deeply.”
The Endowment will continue the program in 2011. Application materials are available at www.clergyrenewal.org.
Please see the attached list of recipients.