Hendrix Institute for Clergy and Civic Engagement holds first retreat



The Hendrix College Institute for Clergy and Civic Engagement (ICCE) in November held its first retreat in Hot Springs. The newly formed program is underwritten by a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Hendrix received the grant to help early-career Hendrix alumni pastors and Arkansas pastors develop and enhance leadership skills and ministry capacity, enabling them to lead their churches and communities in addressing major community issues and meeting the needs of the mission field outside the walls of the church. The retreats also offer a time of spiritual renewal for the participants.

The retreat was led by the Revs. Jeanie Burton, J. Wayne Clark, Mary Jane Cole and J.J. Whitney. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, senior pastor of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, California, was the keynote speaker.

Discussion at the retreat centered on confronting controversial issues and engaging in prophetic pastoral leadership. The group will meet in six retreats and one summer mission trip over the next two years.

Those pictured are (first row) Mitchell Boone, Courtney Jones, Katie Pearce; (second row) Wayne Clark, Molly Gordon, Zach Roberts; (third row) Nathan Mattox, Karen Oliveto, Marie Mainard O’Connell, Heather Clawitter; (fourth row) Mary Jane Cole, J.J. Whitney and Jeanie Burton.

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884.