We shape our lives—including our religious lives—through stories. 

August 2015

Welcome to the 2015-17 Collegeville Institute Fellows 

Collegeville Institute Fellows 2015-17
The Collegeville Institute announces the second group of pastors and ministers to participate in its innovative Fellows program.

Find out more about the Fellows »

“Living by Stories”—2015 Board Consultation

board members meeting at Collegeville
During the 2015 board consultation held August 19-21, 2015, board members explored how stories have shaped their religious lives.

Read more about the consultation »

2015 Lives Explored Videos 

In these Lives Explored videos stories from the Collegeville Institute Seminars, we ask everyday Christians how they see God at work in their lives. Watch how their struggles, joys, and questions capture what calling means today.

Sarah's Story

In college, Sarah decided to step outside her comfort zone—even with the risk of failure. Discover how she brought her authentic self to her work in corporate America.

Monica's Story

Monica is no stranger to hard questions—in corporate communications, she has wrestled with the meaning of her work. Hear what she discovered about the importance of story-telling and community.

Gaye's Story

When Gaye’s husband died, it was a shocking blow to her faith. See how she found God in surprising ways through her grief.

Joyce's Story

After domestic abuse and divorce, Joyce felt called by God from chaos to a new vocation. See how this surprising twist allowed her to serve others.

2015 Summer Writing Workshops: At a Glance

Check out our these numbers from our 2015 summer writing workshops, with information on age, ethnicity, region, religious denomination, and gender.

Get the data »

Don't forget—Monday, November 2, 2015 is the Resident Scholar Program Application Deadline.

Apply Now »

We continue to mourn the loss of Former Resident Scholar Ivan J. Kauffman, who died on July 15, 2015.

Remembering Ivan »

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Prayers for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers: An Interview with Alison Benders

by Elisabeth Kvernen

Alison Benders shares a practice of prayer that helps shape our sensitivity to injustice.

Holy listening: On listening, silence, and leadership

by Gil Stafford

Gill Stafford is convinced that holy listening can transform someone with authority into an adaptive leader.

The Writer’s Life: Balancing Solitude and Community

by Kenneth Garcia

Writers and artists require solitude. Where then, might community fit into the writer’s life?

Climate Change: Evangelicals and the Pope

by Dan Brunner

When climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe met with a room full of evangelical leaders, no one expected Pope Francis to show up.

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