Gerardo Martí – Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant


Professor Gerardo Martí and students.

The Office of Grants and Contracts congratulates Professor of Sociology, Gerardo Martí on a Thriving Congregations Initiative 2020 grant (2020 0696) from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The $999,968 grant supports the proposal “Churches that THRIVE for Racial Justice: The Alliance of Baptists in Partnership with Sociologists of Race and Religion.” Professor Martí will collaborate with Paula Clayton Dempsey, Director of Partnership Relations with the Alliance of Baptists, Professor Mark Mulder of Calvin University and Professor Kevin Dougherty of Baylor University. The partnership joins in a mission to focus on racial justice and grow faith communities of inclusion. The five-year program will build  learning community models in nearly twenty Alliance churches across the U.S. and Canada to collaborate and share experiences. Read more in an interview with Professor Martí here.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. funded 92 out of 800 proposal received for this highly competitive grant, and we commend Professor Martí and collaborators on this achievement. Professor Martí’s accomplishment is especially notable since it is his second Lilly Endowment Inc. grant (2013 0553-000) awarded within the last seven years.  

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