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Programs for Clergy and People of Faith

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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.

Meet some of the facilitators who lead our work and hear what participants are saying about the experience.


Discover a program just for you…

An annual four-day retreat for clergy and faith leaders who seek renewed sense of purpose, courage to lead from within, and practices for better belonging. Our next retreat, “Liberating the Voice of Courage,” will take place August 1-4, 2016 outside of Chicago, IL. Click to learn more or register.

Courage to Lead for Young Clergy and Community Innovators

This two-retreat series offers young leaders of faith a rare opportunity to renew, reflect, and reconnect with what matters most in their vocation. Our next series will begin January 10-13, 2017 in Hampton, GA. Applications are due October 1, 2016. Click to learn more or begin your application.

• 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. Registration closed.

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute

A four-day training on the principles and practices of the Circle of Trust approach as applied to the spiritual dimensions of aging, with a curriculum you can take back into your congregations and communities of faith. Our next institute will take place February 7-10, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA. Click to learn more or register.

Young UMC Ministers Alumni Retreat

This alumni retreat builds on the experiences of the three Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers cohorts. It is designed to help participants deepen their integration of the Circle of Trust® approach as leaders seeking to meet the challenges of a changing world and ever evolving United Methodist Church. Our alumni retreat take place November 14-17, 2016 in Stoneville, NC. Click to learn more or register.

Sustaining the Courage to Serve for Methodist Clergy in Texas

This 4-part retreat series helps clergy can discover new ways to embrace multiple roles, reclaim balance between personal and professional life and lead from a place of wholeness. Our next series begins November 2016 in Palestine, TX. Register by August 1. Click to learn more or register.

Academy for Leaders

Deepen your capacity to lead with integrity and heart. The Academy for Leaders brings together people from diverse positions and professions to explore the inner dimensions of leadership; two retreats with monthly peer learning calls. Our next Academy will take begin November 2016 outside of Philadelphia, PA. Click to learn more or register.

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.


Clergy and People of Faith Events on the Calendar

Date Event

Jul
24
2016

The Politics of the Open-Hearted: Climate Change and Courage
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Aug
01
2016

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations: Liberating the Voice of Courage
Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center – Techny, IL

Aug
26
2016

The Sound of the Genuine: a Circle of Trust Retreat for Young Women of Faith
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Oct
17
2016

Courage to Serve: A Courage & Renewal 5-Retreat Series for Serving Professionals
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Nov
07
2016

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

Nov
14
2016

Young UMC Ministers Alumni Retreat: Leading with the Practices of Courage & Renewal
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Jan
10
2017

Courage to Lead® for Young Clergy & Community Innovators
The Calvin Center – Hampton, GA

Feb
07
2017

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center – Santa Barbara, CA