The Lilly Endowment 2018 National Clergy Renewal Program has awarded the Warwick United Methodist Church and their pastor, Rev. Jennifer Morrow, a grant in the amount of $33,604.00. The grant will provide support for the congregation to consider what it means to be a healthy and vital spiritual “home” in the increasingly dislocated and divided world. Additionally, the grant will allow Rev. Morrow to explore how a vital experience of “home” is essential to spiritual health during a 14-week sabbatical in the summer of 2019.
Rev. Morrow will begin her time of renewal next June in Scotland on the Isle of Iona, the “cradle” of Celtic Christianity and a center of Christian mission, outreach, and hospitality since the late 6th century. From there she will travel to her spiritual, ancestral, and childhood homes in the U.S. and beyond. Throughout Rev. Morrow’s renewal leave, the grant will fund speakers, programs, and outreach projects for the congregation – designed to strengthen and invigorate their mission to be an active, engaging, and truly welcoming “home” for many right here in the Warwick Valley.
Warwick UMC is one of just 148 congregations across the United States selected to participate in this competitive program, and one of only 11 in New York State to be awarded the grant in 2018. For those looking for a spiritual home, visit the Warwick United Methodist Church, located at 135 Forester Ave. in Warwick or visit the church’s Facebook page.