Inspiring clergy – To fund 60 fellowships

DURHAM, N.C. — The Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis has given $10 million to the Divinity School at Duke University to launch a new initiative designed to foster and inspire a new generation of clergy.

The school’s new Learned Clergy Initiative will provide 60 three-year fellowships over five years, boosting the number of full scholarships available to students in the master of divinity program.

The initiative also will team clergy and lay leaders with faculty and divinity students to develop good habits of study, reflection and conversation.

And it will link Duke students, faculty and staff with 15 “teaching congregations” throughout the U.S., as well as funding two new faculty positions, providing six five-year scholarships for Ph.D. students and expanding teaching facilities.

In 1999, the Lilly Endowment gave the Duke Divinity School a $3.5 million grant to study the pastoral leadership needs of churches.

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