Written by Emily Mullins
Four United Church of Christ members have been awarded academic grants for 2011-2012 from the Louisville Institute. Founded in 1990, the Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program located at the Louisville Seminary that supports individuals who lead and study at American religious institutions.
The Louisville Institute offers funding through several grant programs, seeks to enrich the religious life of American Christians and strengthen religious institutions by encouraging the collaboration of pastors and academics.
"In addition to the simple fact that the Louisville Institute provides financial support for research projects that might otherwise not get done, we have found that these grants change the lives of many, if not most, recipients," said Dr. Terry Muck, executive director of the Louisville Institute. "Time and again we are told by grantees that the grant gave them a sense of confidence in their vocation that they might not otherwise have developed. In a leadership-poor ecology of religious communities, we help create leaders for the next generation."
Danny Roman-Gloro, from Sunset Congregational Church in Miami, Fla., received the Pastoral Study Project Program grant, which offers pastoral leaders the opportunity to conduct serious investigation of issues related to Christian life, faith and ministry.
The following UCC members were recipients of the 2011 Sabbatical Grants for Pastoral Leaders Program, which assists research and writing projects that advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and practice: Hilary J. Barrett, Pleasantville (Penn.) United Church of Christ; Raymond W. Hargrove, Florida Conference United Church of Christ; and Daniel A. Smith, First Church in Cambridge (Mass.), Congregational, UCC.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 academic/grant year. For more information about these grant programs and the application process, visit the Louisville Institution website.