Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua’s interfaith New Clergy Program offers summer conferences and invites applications from interested new clergy in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faith communities.

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2015 New Clergy Conferences


Week One: June 27–July 4

Chautauqua's interfaith New Clergy Program is offering one week-long Conference this summer, and invites applications from interested clergy in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faith communities. During this week, Chautauqua Institution will provide full accommodations for clergy and their spouse or partner. Participants will reside on the Institution grounds, share meals, and meet daily with the program's directors, faculty, and distinguished chaplains and lecturers participating in Chautauqua's Department of Religion program. Discussions will focus on issues and experiences relevant to theological growth, leadership, renewal, and issues specific to the dynamics of those new to ministry.

Conference participant grants are awarded to women and men of the Abrahamic traditions who have been in congregational ministry between 2 and 5 years, and are made possible through the support of various Foundations. These grants cover residency, meals, gate pass, and access to the full Chautauqua Amphitheater program. Participants are responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses.

This will not be a vacation week; the program is designed for adult professional interest, interaction and development, and will maintain a rigorous schedule. As such, Chautauqua's New Clergy Program is not conducive to the inclusion of children; and spouses, while encouraged to come, will not be included in some aspects of program interaction.

For further information contact:

Nancy L. Roberts

Administrative Assistant
Department of Religion

Chautauqua Institution
PO Box 74
Chautauqua, NY 14722-0074

or e-mail

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Robert M. Franklin
Director of Religion

Maureen Rovegno
Associate Director

New Clergy Information (PDF)

Deadline: February 15, 2015


The New Clergy Program is being supported in part by funds from the Robertson Foundation.