In 2018, a generous Lilly Endowment Thriving in Ministry grant provided funds to Holy Wisdom Monastery to launch the Center for Clergy Renewal. Designed for early and mid-career clergy from any Christian denomination, the CCR is unique. It is not a workshop. It is not continuing education. It is not a simple exchange of information. It is, however, life changing.
We are currently coming to the end of the initial grant. We have the opportunity to apply for matching funds from the Lilly Foundation to sustain the Center for Clergy Renewal and our programs. Funding will also allow us to continue to grow new programs, such as Deep Breath, launching in 2023.
In the five years since the program began, 73 pastors representing 9 denominations, 20 states, and one international pastor, have been introduced to the contemplative practice of monastic spirituality. Most of the 18 clergy who participate in each cohort arrive weary from the many demands of ministry in a changing and discordant culture. They leave with a renewed spirit and the gift of a community of support that will offer them the blessings of a monastery without walls.
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“The difference in my spiritual life from when I initially applied to ECCSR to today is marked. After the immersion experience, I have a deeper level of groundedness, a sense of renewal, and practices that I can integrate as tools in my ongoing journey of ministry. I already feel a shift in my head and my heart for my ministry setting – inspiration and peace fill me.”
“I had time this week to pause, reset, and remember who I am, whose I am as God’s beloved, and why I am called to ministry. I needed this retreat! I was so empty, so depleted in every way. I can now see how a contemplative approach will bear fruit in my ministry, in my parenting, in my marriage. I feel I can step back into life as a renewed and refreshed person.”