Endowment Program Targets Religious Innovation

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The endowment says the organizations are located in 10 states and Washington D.C. The endowment says the organizations are located in 10 states and Washington D.C.

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a more than $19 million national initiative to help young adults design innovative ministries. Two Indiana organizations are among those receiving grants of more than $1 million.

Funding from the Young Adult Initiative will establish innovation hubs at 12 colleges, universities and seminaries to help congregations launch new ministries with young adults between 23-29. Each innovation hub will identify up to 24 congregations to receive up to $30,000 to support those ministries. Endowment Vice President For Religion Chris Coble says the initiative will help church leaders "looking for new and fresh ways to build relationships with young people."

The endowment says the organizations are located in 10 states and Washington D.C., and reflect a range off Christian traditions, including historic African American denominations as well as Roman Catholic, Orthodox and independent congregations.

The recipients are:

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN - $1,496,533
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX - $1,499,263
Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO - $1,500,000
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA - $1,500,000
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL - $1,500,000
Hellenic College, Inc., Brookline, MA - $1,500,000
Indianapolis Center for Congregations Inc., Indianapolis, IN - $1,571,000
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA - $1,500,000  
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ - $1,500,000
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN - $1,380,620
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA - $1,499,826  
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL - $1,500,000
Wesley Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church, Washington, DC - $1,500,000

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