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“Spirituality is not primarily about values and ethics, not about exhortations to do right or live well. The spiritual traditions are primarily about reality… an effort to penetrate the illusions of the external world and to name its underlying truth.”
—Parker J. Palmer

Courage & Renewal programs for clergy & people of faith are designed to sharpen your discernment, revitalize your vocation, and sustain your service in the world. These programs provide opportunities to reflect and reconnect with your calling within an honest and non-judging community. Using the principles of the Circle of Trust® approach, you’ll discover inner wisdom and courageous practices that can strengthen your faith and ministry.

Courage & Renewal® programs for clergy and people of faith are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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A Geography of Grace:
Alumni Institute
Apr 13-16, 2015,
Santa Barbara, CA
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• A Geography of Grace: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute

A four-day training on the principles and practices of the Circle of Trust approach with a curriculum you can take back into your congregations and communities of faith. Our next institute will take place April 13th-16th, 2015 in Santa Barbara, CA. 

An annual four-day retreat for clergy and faith leaders who seek renewed energy for ministry, courage to lead in the congregation, and practices for building community. Using the habits of the heart outlined in Parker J. Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, participants will learn new skills for fostering leadership – both in themselves and among each other – for the sake of revitalizing faith communities locally and around the globe. Our next retreat will take place August 3rd-6th, 2015 outside of Chicago, IL. Register at http://www.cvent.com/d/nrqjdk

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Leaders: A 6-Month Leadership Intensive for Faith Leaders to Renew, Reflect and Reconnect

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers offers you a rare opportunity to listen to God, connect deeply with committed peers, engage questions of importance to you, and build your capacity for sustainable leadership. This 6-month program includes two 4-day retreats with monthly peer learning calls between retreats. There will be three separate cohorts:

EASTERN COHORT near Atlanta, GA  (April 8-11 and Sept 28-Oct 1, 2015)
CENTRAL COHORT near Milwaukee, WI  (May 5-8 and Nov 17-20, 2015)
WESTERN COHORT near Denver, CO  (May 12-15 and Nov 11-14, 2015)

Academy for Leaders

An intimate program with 30 peers from diverse professions where you can explore your own leadership; two retreats spaced six months apart with monthly peer learning calls in between.

Courage & Renewal Retreats for Clergy & People of Faith

A profound experience of the Circle of Trust approach, typically in a three-day retreat format.

Courage & Renewal Retreats for Life & Work

A profound experience of the Circle of Trust approach, typically in a three-day retreat format.

Courage & Renewal Programs Customized for You

Skilled facilitators bring the Circle of Trust approach to your ministry setting through a variety of themes and formats, tailored to fit the needs of your group.

Online Resources for You

Check out our monthly roundup of resources for clergy and people of faith.


Voices of Courage: A Geography of Grace

Watch video interviews with Geography of Grace participants


Clergy and People of Faith Events on the Calendar

Date Event

Mar
19
2015

(Re-)Uniting Soul and Role: Soul Sustenance for Change-makers
Prairie Oaks Institute – Belle Plaine, MN

Mar
19
2015

2015 Academy for Leaders
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Apr
08
2015

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers: A 6-Month Leadership Intensive for Faith Leaders to Renew, Reflect and Reconnect
Calvin Center – Hampton, GA

Apr
11
2015

Living the Questions: A Courage & Renewal Workshop
Hills of Peace Lutheran Church – Kamloops, BC, Canada

Apr
13
2015

A Geography of Grace: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Retreat
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center – Santa Barbara, CA

Apr
23
2015

Courage to Lead for Nonprofit Leaders and Clergy
North Carolina Boy’s Academy – Conover, NC

May
02
2015

Renewing Our Courage to Work and Live Wholeheartedly: A Day for Courage & Renewal Alumni
Bournelyf – West Chester, PA

May
05
2015

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers: A 6-Month Leadership Intensive for Faith Leaders to Renew, Reflect and Reconnect
Siena Retreat Center – Racine, WI

May
12
2015

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers: A 6-Month Leadership Intensive for Faith Leaders to Renew, Reflect and Reconnect
Franciscan Retreat Center – Colorado Springs, CO

Jun
08
2015

Courage to Serve: A Courage & Renewal Retreat Series for Clergy Leaders
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Jun
18
2015

Cultivating Abundance: A Men’s Courage & Renewal Retreat
Peterhope Lake Resort – Kamloops, BC, Canada

Jul
05
2015

Discerning Life Direction: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC

Jul
05
2015

The Silent Cry
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Jul
16
2015

Courage on the Threshold: Embracing Life's Changes with Integrity & Grace
St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center – Union, WA

Jul
20
2015

Courage to Lead Seasonal Series 2015-2016
Tatamagouche Centre – Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

Jul
24
2015

Living with Authenticity, Integrity, and Courage: A Courage to Lead Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat Center – Honolulu, HI

Jul
24
2015

Reconnecting with the Heart of Your Work: Personal & Professional Development for People Who Serve
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Aug
03
2015

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations: Risking the Call to Belong
Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center – Techny, IL

Sep
04
2015

Courage to Lead
Cope-Williams Winery Conference Venue – Romsey, VIC, Australia

Sep
30
2015

2015-16 Academy for Leaders
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Oct
22
2015

2015-16 Academy for Leaders
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – Chaska, MN

Oct
28
2015

Courage to Lead: Living and Leading From Within - Retreat Series
St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development – Sewanee, TN

Oct
29
2015

Gateway 2015 for Prospective Courage & Renewal Facilitators
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Nov
12
2015

Courage to Lead: Nurturing the Heart of the Leader - 4-Retreat Series
Transformations Spirituality Center – Kalamazoo, MI