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On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation...

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Pastors cannot agree to meet the needs and whims of their congregation. We're not allowed to comply to their wishes, if their wishes require a superstar pastor who keeps the church upwardly mobile. This life, however, is not healthy for the pastor.

Honest to God

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Recently the United Methodist Church has faced the latest iteration of an ecclesial identity crisis. This is not a new phenomenon, as division over wh...

A Union's Exchange: Navigating the 21st Century

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Sarah Elzeini

Happiness sheltered us from the tyranny of time, As we all united...a nation in its prime. O young ones, you live in a time of blissful spring, Needl...

Rebooting Theological Education

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

The Amazon Effect: Worshippers Flocking to Larger Churches

David Briggs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.

6 Service Ideas for the Holidays and Beyond

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Michael A. Moodian

In an era in which we have a polarized country with political parties that cannot agree on much, there are many societal problems that can be addressed and/or improved upon if we, as Americans, all commit to service on a regular basis.

What Life Is Like As A Prison Chaplain

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) They can be found on the battlefield, at a chicken-processing plant and behind the locked gates of a prison. They are chaplains, and as a two-ho...

How This Introverted Priest Found Her Calling

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living

I grew up in a very Catholic family. We observed all the holy days and ate fish on Fridays, and I attended an all-girls’ Catholic high school. Being...

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

¡Bienvenido Pope Francisco to Améric@ Latin@!

Carmen Nanko-Fernández | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Carmen Nanko-Fernández

Personally, as a Latin@ Catholic theologian who is una nieta de inmigrantes, I share your passion for justice for all migrants. I am particularly drawn to the attention you bring to cities in your theologizing, probably because I identify as hurban@́, Hispanic and urban, thanks in part to my New York roots and distinctive Bronx accent.

I Thought My Ministry Career Was Over After I Left My Catholic Church Job. Little Did I Know

J. Michael McMahon | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
J. Michael McMahon

After leaving the Catholic church, I thought that my ministry career was over. But what's happened since then has probably reaffirmed my ministerial calling more than ever before. I guess I could think of myself as a Catholic in exile. But my faith in God hasn't changed.

I'm Tired of Churches Teaching Male Headship

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I'm tired of it because, at best it silences women and keeps their voices out of the pulpits and the classrooms. At worst it traps women and girls in abusive and damaging situations, and fuels a culture of male privilege and power.

Conversation With En Esch

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I had the opportunity to talk with En Esch (KMFDM, Pigface, Slick Idiot) before his performance here in New York at the STIMULATE 7th Annual 4th of July Industrial Barbeque.

Dena Hobbs Talks Honestly on Faith and Anxiety

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Dena Hobbs is a minister, mother, wife, volunteer, yoga instructor and writer. I sat down to interview her about anxiety, a subject she and her husband, Jason, are committed to addressing with faith, love and candor.

The Withering of a Church Between Pastors

Mark Osler | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

My Episcopal church is fading before my eyes. Several months ago, (because I usually arrive late for services) I would find myself wedged into the last few seats in the back of the church. Then, a few months ago, I began to find plenty of seats, even for a latecomer.

Be the one

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Be the one. At your family dinner table. In the bar at happy hour. At your job. In the cafeteria. In the classroom or at rehearsal. In the courtroom, in a chat room. In your church, in the choir, in your synagogue or in your mosque.

Dear White Preachers, Take Off Your Prophet's Mantel

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Wondering what story to tell when you preach on race? Tell the story of how your congregation came to be predominantly white in the first place.

Thanks but No Thanks: Gratitude as Gimmick

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I believe gratitude is a good, even necessary practice. But maybe some expressions of gratitude have a shadow side. Maybe gratitude isn't good when it's a gimmick. Maybe, before we fully embrace that "gratitude-attitude," we need to lament.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Ministry on the Margins: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

"Who in their right mind would want to be a minister?" It's a question I hear a lot nowadays, especially with news reports about how many in ministry experience low pay, high burnout and potential unemployment.

Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The church can be relevant, meaningful and important and we must be able to share this with the world. As I ponder such issues, I realize that I am a product of a "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before me to light the way for me to be in the church and be a leader within the theological academy.

Pragmatic Pastor Turned Postman to Help the Homeless

Liz Dow | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Liz Dow

A Pastor came to understand that his guests need services, not sermons. He used mailboxes as a concrete step toward resolving a seemingly insurmountable problem. This is proof that wonder and a sense of possibility dwell in the hearts of leaders who inspire.

What 40-Year-Old Me Would Say to 25-Year-Old Me

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

I was 25 when I became a senior pastor. That was 15 years ago. Time has gone by so quickly. I have been reminiscing about life in the ministry. In looking back I have come to the conclusion that it would have been great if there were a mentor in my life to prepare me for ministry.

Unbind Him, and Let Him Go: A Lenten Challenge

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

While some bible stories seem mostly about God being with us, other stories seem more about God for us. The story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is about both.

Proposed 'Ministry of Marriage and Divorce' Sparks Controversy

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

Official statistics released in late 2013 by the government of Iran revealed that one of out of five marriages overall, and one out of three in Iran's bigger cities, end in divorce in less than four years.