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Clergy who are humble, accessible may boost their own health as well as the congregation's

David Briggs | Posted 01.20.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

It is the rare sermon that has a shelf life much past Sunday dinner. But one that still stands out for humility scholar Peter Hill of Biola Universit...

The gift of life, helping the stranger and a 'honeymoon effect?' for pastors

David Briggs | Posted 12.12.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Scattershots from around the world of religion research, with special attention to findings indicating who is more likely to be nice this holiday seas...

The Paradox of Pastoring

Ryan Phipps | Posted 11.15.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

I had a few meetings last week that went like this: Meeting 1: "I love you, Ryan, but I've decided to leave the church. I'm just not excited about m...

Questioning Your Calling

Ryan Phipps | Posted 08.14.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

It seems that just about every week I get a call from a younger person in ministry asking me for advice about pastoring. This is strange for me. Even ...

Are clergy underpaid? New study reveals rising wages, shorter hours and a diminishing wage gap

David Briggs | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth. Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income eve...

Why I'm Leaving My Church

Harry Lewis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

The church that was supposed to love, nurture, and support me -- the one I was baptized into, the one I pledged myself to at fourteen when I was confirmed -- has turned its back on me.

A Vote in Memory of Queer Clergy Pioneer, Paul Abels

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Methodork (METH-uh-dawrk) noun A Methodist who knows well and takes an interest in the structure and polity of their denomination. If you're a Methodi...

More Than 100 United Methodist Clergy Come Out As LGBT

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion

Dozens of Methodist clergy members took a stand for equality on Monday in the hope that their church will re-evaluate discriminatory policies toward l...

Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Churchgoers Matter to Mental Health of Pastors

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Clergy who serve flocks that support them in their times of need and let their pastors know how much they mean to them are much more likely to be satisfied in their ministry and have a higher quality of life, according to a new study.

In Honor of Stamford's 375th Anniversary - Many Faiths, One Community, Stamford Proud

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I would first like to thank Mayor Martin, Sandy Goldstein, Monsignor Digiovanni and my fellow clergy for your leadership in organizing this historic and important event in our city. We are truly grateful for this gathering of Many Faiths, One Community and Stamford Proud.

Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a childr...

Why Religious Communities Must Stand With the Victims of Clergy Abuse

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The genuineness of a religious faith can be judged from many different perspectives. One could look at the doctrinal purity of the devotee or their th...

Sin of Omission: The Media, Clergy, and Same-Sex Marriage

Jeremy Füzy | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Füzy

Another day, another controversial religious freedom bill. This time it's Georgia state lawmakers who are making headlines for proposing new protections against penalizing those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

Why Most Americans Give Little or Nothing to Charity

David Briggs | Posted 03.02.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Forty-five percent of Americans, including nearly four in 10 who said a generous self-identity was important to them, actually gave no money to charity in the past year.

How Reluctance to Debate Religion Is Compounding Problems

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

I have often been much more amazed not at the religious fanaticism of the few, but at passivity of the moderate majority. And although skeptics will cast their doubt but the fact is that Pakistan on the whole has a moderate population.

Rabbis With Non-Jewish Partners

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Reconstructionist Judaism is predicated upon each generation reconstructing Judaism to be relevant and meaningful for its time. The effects of intermarriage have not been as dire as some have predicted. Judaism and Jewish life have not ceased to exist when families intermarry.

Cosby Case: A Clergy Lesson?

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 10.09.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

As a child of the 1980s, I grew up with the Huxtables. I imagined Vanessa, Theo, Rudy, Denise and Olivia were my siblings and I adored Clair and Hea...

Baltimore Pastor Who Marched For Freddie Gray Is Arrested For Blocking Traffic

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.13.2017 | Religion

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore pastor has been arrested a week after police say he blocked traffic while protesting during pre-trial hearings in the F...

Ashley Madison And The Clergy

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Church leaders need to be able to admit that we are not perfect people and that our lives are a journey and that none of us has reached perfection. We need to be humble and to embrace our flawed humanity as we seek through our faith and experience to better ourselves.

The Movement for Black Lives is Full of Elders, But Maybe Not Old People

Derecka Purnell | Posted 08.27.2016 | Black Voices
Derecka Purnell

Elders ask questions and learn how to build intergenerational movements, even when they do not understand younger generations. Elders build. Old people? They die. They judge and die. I submit that they kill young people in the process.

There Is a Ferguson Near You

Leah Gunning Francis | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Leah Gunning Francis

I interviewed more than two-dozen clergy and young activists that helped fuel the movement for racial justice in Ferguson, and listened to their stories about what and why they did what they did.

Seventh-Day Adventists Vote To Deny Women's Ordination

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday (July 8) not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors. The vote at their 60th Genera...

Ministry Is Not Safe

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Ministry often seems like a very placid vocation. We engage with congregants as they heal from their surgeries. We attend birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, officiate weddings, and baptize babies and adults.

12 Things Clergy Spouses Want You to Know

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

I'm an Episcopal priest and my wife is a "parish" priest, which means that her "day job" -- if there were such a thing in a church (not) -- is shaped by the rhythm and demand of caring for the spiritual needs of a congregation.

The Problem With Becoming a 'Professional' Christian

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When we look at church history, as well as the modern church, it seems to me that many of the problems have grown out of believers receiving a salary from other believers.