A collaboration between the Southern New England Conference UCC, The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and the New England Synod ELCA, Lutheran
An ecumenical initiative focused on clergy leadership & development, funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. The Together We Thrive grant proposal was submitted under the Massachusetts Conference name, but was developed cooperatively by a team of people from each of the partner organizations. The five-year initiative offers 4 programs: Professional Coaching, New Communities of Practice for ELCA and Episcopal clergy, Tending the Fire retreat series, and additional educational gatherings and events.
The $1 million grant that funds Together We Thrive comes through a Lilly Endowment initiative called Thriving In Ministry. This initiative seeks to support a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in ministry. The Endowment has given nearly $70 million in grants through the initiative.