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Columbia’s S3 Project Will Offer Group Study Grants to Clergy and Church Professionals


Decatur, GA—Group project applications are being accepted through September 28 for participation in Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) Project. S3 offers small, self-selected groups of clergy and other church professionals the opportunity to design and participate in learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry. Groups will receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work. Participants must attend two retreats: February 2-4, 2010, at the beginning of their year-long project and another at the conclusion in February 2011. The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member. Information and application materials are available online at 09.pdf, or by contacting Sarah Erickson at 404-687-4526 or Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 16. The S3 Project was launched in 2003 with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., which has awarded the seminary a five-year grant of $648,863 to support continuation of the project. “Columbia’s S3 Project was one of the 64 original projects in the Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative,” reports Sarah Erickson, director of Lifelong Learning and S3 project coordinator. “We are delighted to receive the continuation grant and look forward to working with new groups in the coming years.” Dent C. Davis, vice president and dean of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Professional Studies at Columbia, serves as director of the S3 Project. “The project develops support groups, fosters skills and ideas for ministry, and offers opportunity for the development of creative approaches for learning,” Davis says. Columbia’s role in the project is to provide resources, coaching, structure, and other support to the project’s groups. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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