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'... A Fragile Sense of Self'
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of you might be downright shocked to know that many clergy have to undergo a three-day battery of psych tests as part of the ordination process. ... When I was going through the process, I too went throug ...

When Florida Police Used Mug Shots of Black Men as Target Practice, Clergy Responded with #UseMeInstead
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

After outraged critics drew attention to the police department, clergy across the country began to post photos of their own faces with the hashtag #UseMeInstead. National Guard Sg ...

Weekly Wrap 12.5.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

1. A United Evangelical Response: The System Failed Eric Garner The Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who killed unarmed Eric Garner was a shocking injustice — but this time ...

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Church to Embrace Hierarchical Accountability
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops acco ...

From Church Triumphant to ‘Least of These’
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

The most far-reaching implication is this: We are discovering that the world can get along without us. Few are asking for our authoritative guidance. Our clergy aren’t seen as “thought leaders” or our institut ...

Anxiety and Christian Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I would challenge theology that suggests that prayer is a “cure” for any kind of suffering, but the fact remains that my ability to manage my anxiety rests in my relationship with God. Though I do not believe ...

The Dangers of Bi-Vocational Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Many pastors who work full-time jobs and serve in congregations part-time receive little or no pay for their church service. This trend has been described as “the future of the church” and extolled because the ...

Holy Poverty and The Seminary
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I am not your employee. I am your pastor. I am poor. Any wealth I may posses comes directly from the pockets of others. Paul said, "the foolishness of the cross" not &qu ...

Low Wages, Student Debt, and 'The Call:' Financing Seminary Education
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

The average Master of Divinity student (the degree for pastoral training) graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans — sometimes entering into the six-digit category. According to the U.S. de ...

At Angelina Jolie-Chaired Summit, Faith Leaders Work to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. Religious leaders ...

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday asked forgiveness “for the damage” that abusive priests have inflicted on children and pledged that the Catholic Church “will not take one step backward” in efforts to address the crisis ...

NC Pastor to Kick Off Second Year of Demonstrations
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina’s weekly protests against Republican-backed legislative initiatives last year brought thousands of people to the state Capitol in Raleigh each Monday chanting, “Forward together, not one step ba ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Respect for Clergy Drops, But Among Republicans, Not So Much
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

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 first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1977, fewer t ...

The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspoken atheist from Madison, Wisc., wants to stop them — and she’s askin ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Most of us are too familiar with this story: an Upper Midwestern Baptist minister claims that “God made Christianity to have a masculine feel [and] ordained for the church a masculine ministry.” Or a Reformed ...

Black Pastors: Gun Violence Isn’t Just a Problem for White Suburbs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Black clergy have launched a new coalition to fight gun violence, saying they are undeterred by the recent failure of legislation on Capitol Hill and all too aware of the problem of gun violence. ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

Clergy Response to "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors On Good Friday 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led a nonviolent march through the streets of Birmingham, Ala., to draw attention to the injustices of segregation. Arrested ...

'We Dare Not Postpone Action'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Churches Together Church leaders respond, 50 years later, to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." ...

Court Upholds Indiana’s Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A fe ...

Looking For Undecided Voters? Check the Pulpits
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Pollsters and politicians hunting for the rare and elusive undecided voter might want to train their sights on the pulpit. Pollsters and politicians hunting for the rare and elusi ...

Adventists Call Female Ordinations 'Serious Mistake'
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday said recent decisions by two regional bodies to allow ordained female pastors were "serious mistakes," and women who are ordained won't be ...

Ministers and Musicians: Allies or Rivals?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Eileen Guenther, the national president of the American Guild of Organists, reveals behind-the-scenes church struggles in her new book, Rivals or a Team?: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Cent ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Today's Church
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

For those of us in lay or ordained leadership, the stress of trying to please everyone, or the difficulty of being honest about what we know really must change with people we truly love and admire, often sucks ...

Study: Pastors’ Concerns for Others May Harm Their Own Health
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial may be harmful to their own health, according to a new Duke University study. ...

Atheists Challenge the Tax Exemption for Religious Groups
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

How much money does the U.S. government forgo by not taxing religious institutions? According to a University of Tampa professor, perhaps as much as $71 billion a year. How much m ...

Stuttering Clergy Spread the Word
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Last week was National Stuttering Awareness Week, and increasingly, clergy who stutter are willing to talk about their stuttering, and how a profession that rewards inspiring speech can be open to those with s ...

Womanhood and Discerning 'The Call'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

It was drilled into my brain that even though I felt a “calling” as a writer, a storyteller, etc., it was extremely different from 'the call.' Read: What your husband is doing is more important than ...

10 reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Regardless where you sit, stand, or wrestle with the issue of women in church leadership, I thought this satirical list was worth sharing for both laughter and even reflection because that’s what good satire f ...

For Clergy, Lost Faith Can Lead to Lost Family, Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The Clergy Project is an online support network for pastors who have lost their faith and found atheism. As coming out parties go, this was a big one. As the American Atheists ...

A Hire Law for Churches
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Melissa Rogers The Supreme Court decision on the ministerial exception deserves a "hosanna" — and prayerful consideration. ...

The Court Has Spoken. Now What?: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The only way for a civil fact finder to evaluate these claims is to try to assess the quality of the sermons, their consistency with scripture, and the nature of the minister’s spiritual leadership within the ...

Til Death (or Dementia or Illness) Us Do Part?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

When the person you married goes through a dramatic change, what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers. ...

I Love Jesus, But I Swear A Little
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

An Open Invitation to Unfriend Me on Facebook, Stop Following Me on Twitter and Discontinue Reading My Blog if You Need To... An Open Invitation to Unfriend Me on Facebook, ...

Corporate Greed, Meet Coconut Theology
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

It's a clear sign something's wrong when talks on "free trade" turn an island paradise into an armed camp. It's a clear sign something's wrong when t ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

We Are All Occupiers Now: The Mainstreaming of OWS We Are All Occupiers Now: The Mainstreaming of OWS What a difference a few short weeks can make. The early word on Occupy ...

Faith and #OccupyWallStreet: "This is a Holy Spirit moment."
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Speak, for your servant is listening Remember the Bible story where God calls out to Samuel in the middle of the night and Samuel jumps out of bed and runs to Eli, saying "Here I am," because he doe ...

Say NO to the Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners Associate Editor Rose Marie Berger addressed hundreds gathered near Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. last week, to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Playing with Fire and Corraling the Golden Calf
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After Glenn Beck said "social justice is a perversion of the gospel" and a "code" for Marxism, communism, and Nazism, I invited him to a public dialogue to discuss the true meaning of socia ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

God is Big Enough to Take Our Doubt and Anger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"To believe is human, to doubt divine."</p> "To believe is human, to doubt divine." Those words are central to the self-described "incendiary th ...