Chautauqua’s growing role in reaching out to individuals entering the clergy is largely thanks to the generosity of several families, individuals and foundations. Bill and Betsy Goodell, the Holden-Daney Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and Constance Somers all are responsible for this year’s support of the Department of Religion’s New Clergy Conference.
The New Clergy Conference comprises two one-week sessions of programming for two cohorts of clergy people who entered the ministry within the past seven years. This year’s conference hosted more than 30 fellows. The program is interfaith, spanning the Abrahamic religions to provide support and cross-denominational interaction for newer members of this country’s clergy.