The Iliff Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture is hosting a virtual book club in preparation for the Joy Harjo event later this summer. Join us in reading Harjo's memoir, Crazy Brave!

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Final session: Wednesday, July 27th, at 6:00 pm via Zoom
Ministry Incubator Spotlight:
Shay MacKay, Diana McLean
and Sacred Depths LLC
Sacred Depths LLC is an arts-based, entrepreneurial ministry co-founded by Iliff Ministry Incubator Associates Rev. Diana McLean (Iliff MDiv 2016) and Rev. Shay MacKay, who describe themselves as “a clergy couple called to a ministry of spirituality and the arts.” The mission of Sacred Depths is to deepen individuals' connection to the sacred through creativity and contemplation, including the spiritual practice of playfulness. 

Shay was raised Catholic, and Diana Unitarian Universalist. They love to talk about their very different paths to becoming Unitarian Universalist ministers, partners in both ministry and life, and co-parents/zookeepers of college student Aidan, puppy Gus and cats Kingston and Maya. Their ministry is rooted in Unitarian Universalist values, intentionally open to all people regardless of faith background, and grounded in an anti-racist, anti-oppressive ethos.

Prior to professional ministry, Shay’s background includes being a pianist and composer, and Diana’s includes being a published poet and freelance writer in a variety of genres. They bring those artistic skills and passions to their ministry with Sacred Depths.

Shay and Diana offer workshops and retreats to individuals, congregations, and other organizations, as well as preaching and speaking engagements. Workshop and retreat topics offered by Sacred Depths include two curricula from The Center for Courage and Renewal (The Soul of Aging and Geography of Grace), as well as original programs on topics including writing as a spiritual practice, deep listening, mysticism, and the spirituality of sound.

All of Sacred Depths’ offerings are fully customizable to meet the needs of groups of various sizes, and can be combined to create programs lasting a day, a weekend, or a series of sessions spanning weeks or months. Shay and Diana are happy to have conversations about how Sacred Depths might meet your needs, whether you are an individual seeking spiritual nourishment, a minister or other religious professional looking for programming to offer your congregation, or a leader in another organization that values personal growth. They can be reached at [email protected] or

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Iliff Immersion Trips: Guatemala and Israel/Palestine
Alumni/ae, students, and community members are invited to participate in these unique immersive experiences, led by Iliff faculty.
Immersion Trip

Professor Miguel De La Torre will lead the immersion trip to Guatemala from November 26 through December 7, 2022. This trip will provide the opportunity to study the intersection of environment & immigration, along with indigenous spirituality.

For more information, please contact Dr. De La Torre at [email protected]
Immersion Trip

Professors Pam Eisenbaum and Mark George will lead the immersion trip to Israel/Palestine November 29 – December 9, 2022.

This trip offers the chance to see the Old City of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada, the Galilee, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem and so much more. Hear from a range of groups in Israel/Palestine, experience a Shabbat meal, and spend a night with a Palestinian family. An optional extension trip to Jordan immediately follows the Israel/Palestine trip.

For more information, please contact Dr. Pam Eisenbaum ([email protected]) or Dr. Mark George ([email protected]).

We invite you to support Iliff students through travel scholarship by clicking this link to make a donation.
Student Isabella "Izzy" Sherwood-Reid
2022-23 Odyssey Impact Fellow
Current Iliff MDiv Student Isabella "Izzy" Sherwood-Reid has been named a fellow in the Odyssey Impact 2022-23 cohort. Izzy is currently serving as the Pastor of New Ministries and Communications at Cameron United Methodist Church in Denver.

The Odyssey Fellows program equips emerging faith leaders to convene brave and healing conversations on challenging civic issues across lines of difference leveraging the power of media/film. In addition to a $2,000 student stipend, the Fellowship includes participation in an international, multifaith cohort of colleagues, with 3 convenings in the U.K., Egypt, and the U.S. Learn more about Odyssey Impact here.
Did you miss any of our "What's Theology Got to Do with It?" Renewal series? Don't worry! You can still register and get the session recording sent right to your email.

Follow this link to register for any of our 2021-2022 Renewal Sessions.

Registration: $5 | Free for all students and Iliff faculty and staff
Alumni/ae Updates
Dr. Jeremy Garber (Joint PhD '14, staff member until '22) started this June as the Director of Student Services and the Writing Center at Iliff's sister school the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio. He and his wife Ellen (MA 2005) are enjoying attending the Mennonite Church in Columbus, MTSO's organic farm, and living in a place where water actually falls from the sky.

Rev. Kama Hamilton Morton (MDiv '97) is an Ordained Elder in the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. After 25 years as a local church pastor & District Superintendent in Montana & south Denver, August 2022 she begins a year of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Chaplain Residency w clinical work at Porter Adventist Hospital, south Denver.
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