Lilly Endowment Details $20M For Religious Grants

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(Image courtesy of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove.) (Image courtesy of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove.)

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced $20 million in grants. The 24 Thriving in Ministry Initiative recipients include seminaries, universities, denominational judicatories and a retreat center. Two institutions in Indiana landed grants: Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove and the University of Notre Dame.

Programs being developed with help from the initiative include connecting ordained ministry candidates with mentor-pastors to help with their full-time transition, create mission immersion experiences for mid-career pastors, establish peer groups for pastors serving congregations in rural and urban areas, bring together Latino/Latina clergy in the early stages of careers for mentoring and gather clergywomen for retreats.

Thriving in Ministry Initiative grant recipients include:

  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY - $999,515
  • Ashland University, Ashland, OH - $993,514
  • Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX - $995,145
  • Catholic Extension, Chicago, IL - $1 million
  • Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL - $1 million
  • Center for Courage and Renewal, Seattle, WA - $1 million
  • City Seminary of New York, New York, NY – $1 million
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA - $1 million
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA - $999,893
  • Fourth Episcopal District A.M.E. Church, Chicago, IL - $999,237
  • George Fox University, Newberg, OR - $1 million
  • Lott Carey Global Christian Missional Community, Landover, MD - $ 1 million
  • Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN - $999,999
  • Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN - $1 million
  • New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY - $959,996
  • North Park University, Chicago, IL - $999,677
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA - $999,969
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ - $1 million
  • Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA - $1 million
  • The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, WA - $1 million
  • Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, Indiana, Beech Grove, IN - $ 1 million
  • Texas Methodist Foundation, Austin, TX - $1 million
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN - $998,716
  • Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA - $ 1 million

You can read more about the initiative by clicking here.

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