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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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Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations:
Retreat & Conference w/ Parker J. Palmer
Aug 11-14, 2014, Milwaukee, WI
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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 August 11th – 14th, 2014 outside of Milwaukee, WI. 

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

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