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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.

Don’t miss our Resource Roundup featuring videos, curriculum, suggested readings and more!


Discover a program just for you…


Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations:
Risking the Call to Belong
Aug 3-6, 2015,
Chicago, IL
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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.. Our next retreat will take place August 3rd-6th, 2015 outside of Chicago, IL. Register by clicking here.  

• 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 May 3-6, 2016 in Stoneville, NC. Register by clicking here.

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

A 6-month program – that includes two 4-day retreats with monthly peer learning calls in between – offers a rare opportunity to listen to God, connect deeply with committed peers, engage questions of importance, and build capacity for sustainable leadership.

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, hospitable to clergy & people of faith.

Courage & Renewal Retreats for Life & Work

A profound experience of the Circle of Trust approach, typically in a three-day retreat format, hospitable to participants from a variety of professions.

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 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

Jul
05
2015

Discerning Life Direction: A Courage & Renewal Retreat (workshop at the 2015 Friends General Conference)
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

Circle of Trust®: Reconnecting who you are, with what you do.
Wyndham Resort – Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia

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

Aug
14
2015

Circle of Trust®: Reconnecting who you are, with what you do.
Wyndham Resort – Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia

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
04
2015

Living an Undivided Life: Finding Wholeness in your Life & Work
Pilgrim Center – Ripon, WI

Oct
12
2015

Harvesting & Planting Seeds of True Self: Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

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
09
2015

The Courage to Be REAL: The Journey to Living Divided No More
Sea View Inn – Pawleys Island, SC

Nov
12
2015

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

Nov
27
2015

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Singapore

Dec
10
2015

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
Calvin Center – Hampton, GA

Jan
25
2016

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: A Courage & Renewal Retreat Series
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center – Palestine, TX

May
03
2016

A Geography of Grace: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC