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Lighting candles, drinking wine and eating challah bread are home-based practices for the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. Many American Jews, especially millennials, are rejecting institutional religion and instead are seeking guidance in practicing Jewish traditions. Bigstock / Photo by Ungvar

Barak Richman and Daniel Libenson: What is the role of the 21st-century rabbi?

The decline in religiosity among American Jews should prompt a reappraisal of how religious leaders are trained and deployed in Jewish institutions, say an academic and a practitioner.

From left to right, North Carolina Central University Interfaith Ambassadors Khalid Oloko, Charity Brown, Maryam Awan, Kelly Thomas, Joshua McLaurin and Lyric Harris at the Interfaith Youth Core Leadership Institute in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Gloria Winston-Harris.

Gloria Winston-Harris: Conflict is healthy and can promote interfaith understanding

In an interfaith setting, resolving conflict as quickly as possible isn’t the goal. Rather, healthy conflict can be a spark that leads us to self-awareness, self-reflection and transformation, writes the director of North Carolina Central University’s Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue.

The author speaks at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta's "TheoEd Talks," a creative example of church-based theological education. Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Ryan P. Bonfiglio: Let's make the church a center of theological education again

For almost 500 years, the church has been outsourcing theological education to seminaries and divinity schools. It’s time to return some of that task to local churches, says a seminary scholar and teacher.

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