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One of Alabama's historically black colleges, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has received a $1 million grant. This contribution was made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. The funding will be used to establish "The Stillman College Center for Thriving Congregations."

The Thriving Congregations Initiative is a national initiative through the Lilly Endowment. This program was launched in 2019 to support and enhance the “vitality of Christian congregations.” In exciting news, “Stillman College is one of 92 organizations taking part in the initiative.”

The aim of the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative “is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God.” In addition to “build strong relationships with each other, and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world.”

“The Stillman College Center for Thriving Congregations will provide planning and expertise to 15 African American congregations in central Alabama. These congregations will be led through this program by three members of the clergy, two of whom are also faculty at the College: Dr. Joseph Scrivner, Dean of Chapel, Rev. Thaddeus Steele, Professor of Business, and Rev. Jermaine Richardson, AME Pastor. They will guide a five-year process that endeavors to empower these churches to risk the changes necessary to be thriving congregations witnessing to divine love and liberation.”

The relationship between Stillman College and “Christian congregations has been an important aspect of Dr. Cynthia Warrick’s vision for the College since she became President in 2017,” said Dr. Scrivner.

(Source) Press Release sent to Townsquare Media from the Stillman College Department of Development.