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Apply Now to Create Your Own "Sabbath, Study, Service" Group

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Create your own “Sabbath, Study and Service” (S3) group and pursue a creative, year-long learning project that is rewarding, challenging, and life-giving, says Sarah Erickson, director of the CTS Center for Lifelong Learning and S3 Project Coordinator.

The S3 Project – funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. – offers small, self-selected groups of clergy, educators, and other church professionals the opportunity to design and participate in learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry.

“The project fosters skills and ideas for ministry, offers opportunity for the development of creative approaches for learning, and develops support groups,” Erickson says.

Groups receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work.
The S3 Project is supported with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., as part of its Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative.  Lilly has awarded the seminary a five-year grant of $648,863 for continuation of the project.

“Submit your application by September 30,” Erickson advises. “The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member.”

Participants must attend two retreats: one in February 2012 at the beginning of their year-long project; the other in February 2013.
For an S3 brochure and application materials, click here.  Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 14.

Following are examples of two S3 projects currently underway:

LiturgyLink – a group of four young clergy – has formed an open-source community dedicated to liturgy and worship. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter (LiturgyLink), or follow their blog,

Fallow for Faithfulness – six colleagues who crossed paths at Southern Nazarene University – is chronicling experiences about the blessings and challenges  of practicing Sabbath. See their blogspot:

Columbia Seminary’s role in the project is to provide resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s peer learning groups. Since CTS’ S3 program began in 2003, 54 groups with a  total 321 people have participated.