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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...

How to Fix Other People's Problems

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 02.25.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I don't think that it's helpful to point out other people's problems to them from an imagined place of superiority. The truth is, I'm not sure that I often see what other people's problems are anyway.

3 Reasons Clergy Need a Healthcare Planning App

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners like Alice.

How I Survive Everyday Racism

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I refuse to give up on the idea that being community across lines of difference is holy and I remain committed to the idea that we will only get there if more if us embrace the transformational power of extending our spirit, hands and words of graciousness and not rhetorical or physical violence.

Weep With Those Who Weep... Please

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Linda Robertson

Our oldest son had been gone for about seven months when someone at church pulled me aside and gently asked, "How are you feeling about Ryan?" I wept with gratitude and relief.

A Summer Read for Change: 'Cut Dead But Still Alive'

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A first book is not always notable, but in this case it is. "Cut Dead" isn't a book that came out to meet a tenure requirement. It is a call to action and a blueprint for a response.

Calling For Newtown Sermons, Prayers And Liturgy

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

My friend, colleague and leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Landon Whitsitt, is collecting sermons, prayers and other liturgical resources. He will compile it and make it available for free via e-reader download.

Labor Day of Mourning: The Religious Challenge in a Shattered Job Market

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

What happens when we Americans can no longer measure our value -- or even feel very human -- based on our paid work? Where is our self-worth to be centered and nurtured in this unsettling new world?