Rabbi Jeremy Simons Skypes with a bat mitzvah student to help prepare her for her coming-of-age ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
By blending new technology with traditional methods such as circuit-riding clergy, the Institute of Southern Jewish Life helps form young people in faith even in places where the community has disappeared.
Deanna Thompson: I thought digital presence was a poor substitute for embodied presence. Then I got cancer.
Her experience with serious illness convinced a theologian that the virtual body of Christ can make a real difference in a hurting world.
Although Debora Jackson never met her grandmother, stories about the formidable woman have informed Jackson's leadership style. Photo courtesy of Debora Jackson
The standard leadership literature was useful, but hearing stories about her grandmother and other family members helped a denominational leader truly find her voice and sense of self.
Ann Atwater was a community organizer and activist in Durham, North Carolina, for more than four decades. Photo by D.L. Anderson
Ann Atwater was a working-class black woman who in the 1970s partnered with a KKK leader to integrate schools in Durham, North Carolina. She was also a community leader who taught others how to build beloved community, writes the New Monastic author.
A summer kayaking adventure illustrates that the skills needed for successful paddling work in Christian institutions as well, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
The Rev. Laura Everett, in front row wearing black and white skirt, joins congregants and other visitors at a June 15 interfaith prayer vigil, asking for healing and unity following gun violence in Orlando, Boston and elsewhere. The vigil was held at Bethel AME in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Getty Images / Photo by Lane Turner.