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Sabbatical Grants & Resources


Two recurring grant programs offer sabbatical grants to clergy:

Clergy Renewal Program of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.: www.clergyrenewal.org 

In the National Clergy Renewal Program, the Endowment anticipates awarding as many as 150 grants of up to $50,000 each directly to Christian congregations for the support of a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program. 

Past recipients from the Massachusetts Conference, UCC have included:     

  • United Parish of Lunenberg and Rev. Andy Burr
  • Memorial Congregational Church in Baldwinville and Rev. Robert C. Johansen;
  • Dennis Union Church and Rev. Dale Rosenberger;
  • Edwards Church (Framingham) , UCC and Rev. Debbie Clark;
  • Church on the Hill (Lenox) and Rev. Natalie Shiras;
  • First Parish Church United and Rev. Cindy Worthington-Berry;
  • First Church in Cambridge and Rev. Mary Luti;
  • United Parish in Brookline and Rev. Patricia Coughlin;
  • The Plymouth Church in Framingham and Rev. Peter Cook;
  • North Community Church (Marshfield Hills) and Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunnigham;
  • Congregational Church of South Dartmouth and Rev. Jeffrey Larsen;
  • First Congregational Church of Amherst and Rev. Margaret Stearn;
  • Wellesley Congregational Church and Rev. Martin Copenhaver;
  • West Parish of Barnstable and Rev. Reed Baer;
  • Second Congregational Church of Boxford and Rev. Jeanne Marechal;
  • Union Congregational Church (East Bridgewater) and Rev. Marcia Cham;
  • First Churches of Northampton and Rev. Peter Ives.

The Louisville Institute offers a study project grant opportunity for pastoral leaders. Through its “Pastoral Study Project” program (PSP), the Institute offers pastoral leaders the opportunity to engage in thoughtful study and inquiry about issues related to Christian faith and practice, religious institutions, and/or the practice of ministry. We believe that pastoral leaders have a particular and significant vantage point on the challenges and promises of faith, practice, and ministry; with adequate time and support, they can engage in research and writing that can make important and unique contributions to pressing issues of our times. This program seeks to create opportunities for pastoral leaders to develop and share their wisdom on important issues for Christian life and practice today, and thus extend their leadership in ways that can benefit both church and society.

For complete details visit:  Louisville Institute Grant Programs

Past recipients from the Massachusetts Conference, UCC of various Louisville Institute grants have included:  

  • Rev. Katrina R. Wuensch, South Acton Congregational Church, "Christian Community: The Future of Church";
  • Rev. Caroline K. Meyers, South Congregational Church, Amherst, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • Gregory V. Haroutunian, First Armenian Church, Belmont, "Reconnecting Culturally to My Call to Ethnic Ministry"
  • Sarah L. Buteux, First Congregational Church of Hadley, "Let The Children Come"
  • Rev. Molly Baskette, First Congregational Church of Somerville, UCC -  "The Holy Multicultural City";
  • Rev. S. Chapin Garner, UCC Congregational Church of Norwell - "A Playwright's Pilgrimage";
  • Rev. Bob Kyte, First Congregational Church (Dalton) - "The Seed that Fell on Good Ground";
  • Rev. Cynthia Maybeck, Trinity Church (Northborough) - "Separating Darkness from the Light: An Exploration of Healing Ministry";
  • Rev. Mary Redner Robinson, chaplain - "Seeking the Master Carpenter/an Apprenticeship with Hammer and Nails",
  • Rev. Diane Kessler, Massachusetts Council of Churches - "The Theology of Prayer from a Protestant Perspective"