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Grant of $8 million continues work with North American pastoral leaders, scholars, and churches

Nov 20, 2008
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a grant of $8 million to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to support the work of the Louisville Institute through 2012. Generously supported by the Endowment since 1990, the Louisville Institute seeks to enrich the religious lives of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the work of the other.

News of the grant was announced by Dr. Dean K. Thompson, President of Louisville Seminary, and Dr. James Lewis, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

Seeking to strengthen the cause of the Christian gospel and the Christian churches in North America, the Louisville Institute focuses on three issues of particular importance—Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and religious institutions. The Institute’s coordinated program of grantmaking and convening seeks to support in creative ways the work of thoughtful pastors, a new generation of ecclesially-engaged academics, and scholars for the broader church.

Since 1990, the Louisville Institute has made nearly 1,500 grants totaling almost $26.5 million. The additional support from Lilly Endowment will enable the Louisville Institute to extend its grantmaking and convening work with pastoral leaders and scholar-educators in religion and theology for the good of the church and North American society.

According to Dr. Craig Dykstra, Endowment Senior Vice President for Religion, “The church very much needs the kind of collaboration that the Louisville Institute encourages among talented pastors and scholar-teachers who care deeply about the church. Their combined efforts represent a promising resource for America’s churches.”

According to Thompson, “The Louisville Institute contributes to the church by enriching the work of pastors and theological educators alike. We are immensely grateful to Lilly Endowment for their support of this important ministry of Louisville Seminary.”

Thanks to Lilly Endowment’s new grant, the Louisville Institute will continue to support both pastoral renewal and research on American religious life that contributes to the renewal of Christian churches in North America.

To learn more about the Louisville Institute or to receive information, please see the web site: www.louisville-institute.org.

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