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There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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.

Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This morning in Charlotte, NC, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in NC, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.

Take My Tax Break. Please.

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

Full disclosure: I've benefitted from that provision of the tax code for most of my career in ordained ministry. But I think Judge Crabb is right. What's more, I think the clergy housing allowance is a bad idea for churches.

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

Desperately Seeking Sandy Response

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 05.26.2014 | New York
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

When Superstorm Sandy hit, community organizations and faith leaders were the first responders. They understand better than anyone how the city should approach Sandy rebuilding and recovery.

7 Things Houses of Worship Can Learn From Tech Companies

Danny Groner | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Danny Groner

Evidence shows that, unlike those before them, young people are leaving religion behind in large numbers. I won't profess to have any level of expertise or understanding about what makes for a good clergy member, volunteer executive, or committee chair. Yet, I do believe that every leader should be asking how he or she can be doing his or her job more effectively and more efficiently.

Assumptions About Mothers Hurt Everyone

MotherWoman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Deanna Doss Shrodes Everyone around me spoke of how my life was going to completely change once I had a baby. Although I greatly desired to have c...

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

Moonlighting Pastors and Postponed Health Care: Record Debt Loads Overwhelming Many Seminary Graduates

David Briggs | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Many women and men pursuing a religious vocation long have been hesitant even to ask this question: Can I afford it? They have been taught to take...

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Finding the Next Joel Osteen: Keys to Selecting a New Spiritual CEO

David Briggs | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities calling a new pastor, rabbi or imam do not get the same public attention focused on the choice of the next king of late-night TV. But saying goodbye to a longtime leader and deciding on a new spiritual CEO pose special challenges for congregations.

Falling: Recovery, Silence and the Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My friend had been told that clergy shouldn't show weakness. They shouldn't admit to perceived failures. Somehow we have taught that Christians are people of perfection, and not people of redemption.

Republicans Most Trusting Of Clergy, Poll Claims

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Clergy used to rank near the top in polls asking Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of people in various professions. This year, for the f...

10 Ways to Support Your Congregation's Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Recently another of my clergy colleagues told me they were thinking about leaving the ministry. This happens more often than you might think.

Struggling to Find Answers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Each year as I go through a reawakening to these seemingly tragic situations, I always come back to the same conclusion: although I do not understand why certain things happen, as a man of faith I believe that the world has been created by Almighty God and that he is a kind, benevolent, and all-knowing God.

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Of Course: Women Pastors and Bishops

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

Women kept responding to God's call, even when churches through the ages said, "Can't you wait a few more years, decades, centuries?"

Is Preachers of LA Representing Preachers the Right Way?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Sadly, this show is about lavish living and we will likely not see one that displays the many sacrifices made by every day preachers and ministers. Producers wouldn't care to show how clergy (often barely paid) help people in many ways. They wouldn't find a show about that kind of preacher exciting and worth watching.

Church and Chocolate in Tough Times

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Tight finances and challenging personal situations have sent many of us to the sweets and chocolate shelves for comfort. This was true as well during the Colonial Period when pastoral habits and ministrations included drinking chocolate.

A Strindberg Rarity -- Mr. Bengt's Wife -- An Answer to Ibsen's A Doll's House?

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Mr. Bengt's Wife, in its American premiere treated me to an insightful view of the master in his early development. A no-holds-barred tale of hysteria, gender expectations and personal redemption, it is the mirror opposite of the mature and organized Ibsen's A Doll's House.