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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 will take place July 31-August 3, 2017 in Techny, IL. Click to learn more or register. 

A four-day training on the principles and practices of the Circle of Trust approach as applied to the connection between our inner and outer landscapes, with a curriculum you can take back into your spiritual and organizational communities. Our next alumni institute will take place October 23-26, 2017 in Racine, WI. Click to learn more or register.

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 alumni institute is being scheduled for Spring 2018. Click to learn more.

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 retreat series is being scheduled for 2018. Click to learn more. 

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

Mar
16
2018

Leading Together: Strengthening Relational Trust in the Adult School Community at the Mindfulness in Education Network Annual Conference
University of the District of Columbia – Washington, DC

Apr
06
2018

Strengthening Courageous Leadership A Spring Cross-Professional Circle of Trust ® Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

May
01
2018

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
Oblate Renewal Center

May
22
2018

Journey Toward Wholeness at Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM

May
25
2018

A Mindful Society Conference 2018
Chestnut Conference Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada

Jun
11
2018

Courage & Renewal for Faith Formation Leaders
ARC Retreat Community – Stanchfield, MN

Jun
27
2018

Being Brave Hearted: Creating a Life of Courage and Resilience A Circle of Trust® Retreat
Rock Springs 4-H Center – Junction City, KS

Jul
14
2018

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA

Sep
24
2018

Finding What You Didn't Lose: A Circle of Trust® Retreat for Women at Mid-Life Who Seek to Let their Lives Speak with Integrity and Intention
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
08
2018

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) - WAIT LISTED
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Oct
14
2018

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places
Embassy Suites – Montgomery, Alabama

Dec
01
2018

Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA