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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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Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations

An annual four-day retreat and learning conference 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 and learning conference will take place in August 2015, Dates and Location TBA. 

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. 

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

Oct
16
2014

2014-15 Academy for Leaders
Canyon of the Eagles – Burnet, TX

Oct
17
2014

Spacious Community: Finding Silence and Company for Living with Courage
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Oct
18
2014

Living the Questions in a Circle of Trust
Browne Center – Durham, NH

Oct
18
2014

Spacious Community: Finding Silence and Company for Living with Courage
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Nov
06
2014

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

Nov
06
2014

Creating Live Encounters: A Courage & Renewal Retreat for Clergy and People of Faith
Aqueduct Conference Center – Chapel Hill, NC

Nov
12
2014

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: A Courage and Renewal Retreat Series
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Dec
03
2014

Courage to Lead® for Clergy & Congregational Leaders
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center – Santa Barbara, CA

Jan
15
2015

Courage to Serve: Discerning a Deepened Source - Retreat Series
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Jan
22
2015

Courage to Lead: Living and Leading from Within, A Cross-Professional Retreat Series
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Feb
02
2015

Leading from Within: A Circle of Trust® Retreat - Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Institute
Asilomar Beach & Conference Grounds – Pacific Grove, CA

Mar
19
2015

2015 Academy for Leaders
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Apr
13
2015

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