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Rough, Intimate, Tragic, Redemptive: Calvary and the Call to Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I knew why Bill wanted me to see this movie. He wanted me to see it because in the character he saw a figure living out the life that I have long sought to live. Now having seen the movie, I feel like I have a better chance of doing just that.

5 Ways Faith Contributes to Strong Marriages, New Studies Suggest

David Briggs | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Four studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicate that cultivating practices such as selfless prayer, spiritual intimacy and compassionate love can help keep couples happily together through the challenges of marriage.

Should Clergy Be Involved With Civil Marriage?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders...

'I Did What I Was Paid to Do': Race Control and America

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Troy Jackson

We are all doing what we are paid to do, and for century after century, people of color have been the ones paying the price.

Faith Leaders Join The Fight For Lower Payday Loan Rates

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instea...

Died, Passed Away or Passed

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Exactly when did the change in terminology occur, what was the reason for the change, is it helpful for the family of the deceased, and what are the theological implications of using "passed away" or "passed" instead of "died"? I decided to explore the matter.

Clergy Sing Classic Freedom Song Following Grand Jury Decision

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion

The morning after a Ferguson grand jury found no cause to indict officer Darren Wilson, clergy were out marching in the neighboring town of Clayton wi...

A Bullet Couldn't Stop Pastor Renita Lamkin's Fight For Equality In Ferguson

Religion News Service | Lilly Fowler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) The first time the public heard the name Renita Lamkin was probably the day she was shot. In early August, four days after M...

The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Far too many of us spend our time paddling around in the shallow things of life instead of heading straight for the deeps. We get tangled up on the sandbars of the shallow waters of life, dissipating our energies on the trivial. This is especially relevant now as people prepare to vote in the election of this coming Tuesday, November 4.

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

3 Important Lessons From the Mark Driscoll Affair

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The board of a church or synagogue does not belong to its pastor or rabbi. It belongs to its members. It belongs to the community. Ultimately, it belongs to God.

3 Reasons Clergy Matter Now More Than Ever

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We matter because we can transmit truths and practices that bring meaning to life. Those truths often stand in contrast to the conventions of the larger culture. In fact, religion at its best teaches ideals and practices that are counter-cultural.

Clergy Arrested While Asking Officers To 'Repent'

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion

Clergy members were at the front lines in Ferguson during mass protests on Monday that rocked a city still haunted by the fatal police shooting of una...

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.

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

Waning Influence of Religion in America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.

Women of Color in Ministry: Ending Discrimination

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The battle to end the rampant and persistent discrimination against women of color in ministry in the American religious community can be won.

The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The false promise that "peace will get what you want" is absurd. Sometimes you have to shut things down in order to bring about justice. The work that I do is to ensure that acts of civil disobedience remain nonviolent, not that they remain nonexistent.

How to Snap Pastors Like Breadsticks

Charles Redfern | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's a verified fact: Anyone signing up for the professional ministry is nuts. Don't waste time on those psychological tests. If they want the job, they're cracked.

There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.

It's Time to Harness the Power of the Pulpit

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

By enlisting each and every clergy member in candid conversations about the epidemic, we can harness the power of the pulpit to mobilize the African-American community around HIV/AIDS.

When the Unthinkable Becomes Commonplace: Charting the Future of Ministerial Ordination

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Though closeted gay men have been ordained for generations, and more recently closeted lesbians as women's ordination came online, stigma often haunted any clergy person suspected of being a member of the sexual minority. Not long ago, authorizing boards were battlegrounds.

How Pakistan's Organization of Religious Clergy Continues to Promote Religious Bigotry

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Pakistan's history is soaked in the blood of those who have -- and continue to -- suffer agonizing pains on the basis of their faith. Right in the start, a newborn Pakistan was gripped by sectarian violence when extremist clerics led nation-wide riots against the moderate Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

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.

A Day in the Life of a Rabbi

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Every person's life is a package deal, both bitter and sweet. It is an honor to be an intimate part of other people's lives.