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Rev. Mally Baum Associate Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney

Trinity Presbyterian Church (TPC) in McKinney has received a grant of $48,745 to enable Associate Pastor Mally Baum to participate in the 2013 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. and  administered by Christian Theological Seminary. 

Trinity was one of only 87 congregations across the country selected to participate in this competitive program and received one of only 3 grants awarded in Texas.

Ministers whose congregations are awarded the grants use their time away as a respite that may include travel, study, rest, immersive arts and cultural experiences, and prayer. 

Rev. Baum’s application was entitled “An Adventure in Learning to Listen.”  The sabbatical will be divided into four unique sections taking her to destinations in the U.S. and Abroad.

The sabbatical will begin with travel to Nicaragua to read and rest at a sustainable organic farm on an island and at an ecotourism center in the jungle.  Next, Mally and her husband Chuck Baum will join a group traveling to Northern Ireland for a trip described as a “fest for the senses and nourishment for the soul.” They will hike, hear music and story, and meet leaders involved in the peace process there. The third phase of the sabbatical will be a silent retreat at the Holy Wisdom Monastery outside of Madison. Finally, Mally and her husband Chuck Baum will travel to Colorado for a stay at the Inn at the Lake for a marriage retreat.

Mally says “I am immensely grateful to Trinity and to the Lilly Foundation for enabling me to have this unique experience. My sabbatical time will help me become better attuned to our good earth, the health of my own body, to others and to God’s presence and voice.”

Trinity Presbyterian Church

5871 W. Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071