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Announcing Gordon College's Summer Seminar
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gordon College is now taking applications for its 2016 Summer Seminar in Orvieto, Italy.  See our website for more information.


2015 Annual National Conference
Monday, May 19, 2014

Registration for the 25th annual National Conference is now open .  The deadline for registration is August 31, 2015.  See our website for more information. 


2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators
Monday, May 19, 2014

Registration for our 2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators is now open.  The deadline for registration is August 31, 2015.  For more information about this workshop please see our website


May LFP Update
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check out the recent _LFP_Update_


Announcing the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize Winner
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The winner and finalists for the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Visual Arts was announced at the twenty-fourth annual National Conference.  Find out more here.


Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!
Thursday, November 1, 2012

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!


National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities
Thursday, July 8, 2010
If you are interested in learning more about membership in the National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here. 

Small Grant Program

LFP National Network Institutions are invited to apply for small grants of $1500 and $3000 to stimulate conversation about church-related higher education and church-related mission on their campuses or among church-related institutions in close proximity to each another.  The LFP hopes these grants will extend and strengthen the LFP’s national conversation about church-related higher learning and mission within and among our network campuses.  The Small Grant program is designed to fund new programs on network campuses rather than supplement ongoing ones.  The current deadline for the submission of applications is September 15, 2015.  See below for the application process.

Current Small Grant Programs

At its Fall 2013 meeting, the board awarded small grants to Belmont University, Duquesne University, Gordon College, Hope College, and Mount Saint Mary's University.

Belmont University “Courage and Renewal: Circle of Trust® approach Program” Director, Judy Skeen
Belmont University seeks in this yearlong program to answer this question: How can educators create classroom experiences where integrity is chosen from inside out?

Duquesne University, “Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: Explorations at a Spiritan Catholic University”
Directors, Darlene Fozard Weaver and Maureen O’Brien
Duquesne University program will fund six faculty to participate in six meetings over the 2014-15 academic year to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration on ecological and sustainability initiatives by faculty across the university while drawing on their varied areas of expertise.  It will also integrate Spiritan Catholic mission for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation more fully into faculty’s research and teaching, thereby weaving them more fully into the awareness and academic engagement of undergraduate students and faculty as part of DU’s mission and it will provide faculty with a collegial setting in which to develop a specific area of their research or teaching related to environmental stewardship or sustainability.

Gordon College, “Young Scholars and Vocation” Discussion Group
Director: Bruce G. Webb

Gordon College seeks support for a small-group discussion seminar with young scholars.  They have chosen to focus our attention on young scholars, some of whom are already in pursuit of or in possession of advanced degrees, others who are in earlier processes of discernment, but who want to explore a calling to church-related higher education in more depth. These young scholars would benefit from time with one another and with more seasoned scholars around common readings and discussion.

Hope College, “Robust Ecumenism at Hope College”
Director: Steven Bouma-Prediger

Hope College's program will develop a larger conversation at the college on "robust ecumenism." They plan to extend the conversation to the Lilly Network by hosting a conference in 2015-2016 on the promise and challenges of genuine ecumenicity in Christian higher education.

Mount St. Mary’s University, “Gaudium et Spes, Then and Now: A Faculty Dialogue,” Director, Joshua Peter Hochschild
Mount St. Mary's University aims to engage members of its community in reflection on the 1965 Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et Spes, on the occaision of its 50th anniversary.  They intend its dialogue series, "Gaudium et Spes: Then and Now," to develop its faculty and its curriculum.

Recently Completed Small Grant Programs

At its Fall 2012 meeting, the board awarded six small grants to 
Benedictine UniversityBethel UniversityEast Texas Baptist UniversityWestmont College, the University of St. Francis, and Villanova University

Benedictine University - Benedictine Faculty Forum (BFF)
Benedictine University’s Small Grant Program consisted of a two-year program pairing senior and new faculty in a mentoring relationship, which began with the 2012-2013 academic year.  The program was designed to build a supportive community at Benedictine University, provide professional development, and give time for faculty to reflect on individual goals and to consider “spirituality and contemplation as valuable tools in life.” The Benedictine Faculty Forum, centered in the Benedictine tradition, gave participants an opportunity to consider leadership roles at the university.  The program continued for a third year beginning the fall 2014.

Bethel University - The Pietist Idea of a Christian College
Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) designed its Small Grant Program to explore what its pietist identity meant to its faculty. In June 2013 a group of current and former Bethel faculty held a two-day workshop on “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College,” discussing the history of Pietism and its implications for teaching, scholarship, mentoring, service, and life together at Bethel. Coming out of that workshop, most participants then spent the summer and fall writing chapters for The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons, edited by Christopher Gehrz and published in 2014.

East Texas Baptist University - Human Rights, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World
Starting in the spring of 2013, East Texas Baptist University began preparation for its yearlong Small Grants Program, Human Rights, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World, with a lecture series. This was followed by a yearlong schedule of events, from lectures, to roundtables and chapel events that brought the community, local Baptist churches, and East Texas Baptist University together in dialogue about racial and economic justice in the classroom and beyond.  The director reports a real impact from the program on the campus/community ties and the classroom.


University of St. Francis - USF San Damiano Scholars
At a time when the presence of Franciscan Sisters at the University of St. Francis declines, the university sought with its Small Grant Program to enliven its connection to the Catholic and Franciscan identity and connect to other Franciscan institutions sharing a common mission by revising its San Damiano Scholars program.  With the Lilly Small Grants program, the University of St. Francis with a core group of ten to twelve faculty and administrators have now broadened the impact of the San Damiano Scholars, who are “are called to support and lead” the effort to enliven the Catholic mission and Franciscan identity on the campus of the University of St. Francis.  One way the directors of this Small Grants Program wished to strengthen the Franciscan identity of the campus was to encourage more faculty to participate in the Association of Franciscan Colleges and University Franciscan pilgrimage to Assisi and to sharing the fruits of the experience. To help accomplish this goal, the Lilly Small Grant funded two faculty members’ pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome.  Those who participated in the pilgrimage returned to campus and hosted a forum and led discussions related to their experiences and the Franciscan mission.  As a result of the program, Franciscan spirit is more tangible on campus, stimulating conversation around the campus’ Catholic, Franciscan identity.  By participating in the San Damiano Scholars and the AFCU pilgrimage, the University of St. Francis participates in collaborative efforts with other Franciscan colleges and universities, which further develops the Catholic and Franciscan identity on campus.

Villanova – Faculty Dialogue Luncheon
Villanova University’s Faculty Dialogue Luncheon began with the 2013-2014 academic year and continues into 2014-2015.  Participants gathered eight times throughout the course of the 2013-2014 academic year around one of two themes: Exploring our Faith and Teaching as a Vocation.  The luncheons brought together diverse populations across the campus, but also each lunch drew together people from similar points in their careers at Villanova.  For example, one included Deans of colleges while another luncheon was for newer faculty.  The lunches also gave faculty an opportunity to participate and build community in ways that they had not had at Villanova.


Westmont College – Faith-Learning Faculty Roundtable
Westmont College’s Faith-Learning Faculty Roundtable was designed to survey a representative sample of students to determine the extent of understanding and incorporation of the institutions mission.  Faculty roundtables, then, studied and discussed the findings of the survey.  These roundtable meetings helped faculty to identify, discuss, address, and assess recurrent issues and deficiencies in student faith learning.

Read more about previous small grants programs here.

The Application Process:

LFP National Network Institutions are invited to apply for small grants of $1500 and $3000 to stimulate conversation about church-related higher education and church-related mission on their campuses or among church-related institutions in close proximity to each another.  The LFP hopes these grants will extend and strengthen the LFP’s national conversation about church-related higher learning and mission within and among our network campuses.  The Small Grant program is designed to fund new programs on network campuses rather than supplement ongoing ones.

Proposals must be submitted by LFP campus representatives by September 15 of each year.  Activities funded will take place during following academic year.  The next application deadline for Small Grants to fund programs in the 2016/2017 school year is September 15, 2015.

Examples of programs that might be funded include but are not limited to:
  • On-campus reading or discussion groups for faculty or administrators on church-related mission, faith and higher education, faith and the academic vocation, etc.

  • Workshops for faculty and administrators on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
  • Lectures or a lecture series connected to reading groups or workshops on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
  • Discussion groups, workshops, or exchanges of best practices regarding church-related mission or the academic vocation among campuses in close proximity.
  • Peer mentoring for administrators or junior, mid-career, or senior faculty.

Funds might be used to secure supplies, to provide faculty incentives, to provide travel, or honoraria for speakers.

Grant recipients are required to provide a thorough assessment of the program to be submitted in a report to the LFP upon completion of the funded program.  Plans for this assessment should be included in the proposal.

Required Application Materials:
  • Cover Form (available here)
  • Description of the Program

  • Preliminary schedule of events for participants

  • Projected budget

  • CV of the Director

Please include an estimate of how many members of the campus or campuses will be involved, a description of how the program will be structured, monitored, and evaluated, and an indication of the need and support for this program on the host campus (including how the funded activity fits into other related efforts currently on your campus). Proposals for reading groups should include a potential reading list.

Please direct any questions to:

Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts
Valparaiso University
Linwood House
1320 Chapel Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383


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