In his new book, an Episcopal bishop offers an alternative approach to pastoral leadership, rooted in a deep knowledge of self and the Benedictine values of stability, obedience and conversion.
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Members of Church of the Pilgrims pray over a blanket for a former pastor, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Goff
Beset by grief at the imminent death of a beloved former pastor, a minister and her congregation let liturgy lead them amid death and dying.
In the premiere episode of “Can These Bones,” co-host Bill Lamar talks with Amy Butler, the senior minister of The Riverside Church in the City of New York, about her experience in that historic pulpit.
It’s not the renowned writer himself that’s the problem, writes a pastor who grew up in and serves rural communities. But his writing projects an idealized vision of rural life that ignores current realities.
Crucifer Marva Davenport is one of many St. Cyprian's members who tutor in the church's after-school literacy program. Photo courtesy of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
A priest and his congregation reached out to the community to help save their popular after-school literacy program.
The Rev. Alvin Edwards (left) visits with the Rev. Alvin Horton, pastor of First United Methodist Church, during a meeting of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective.
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When crisis hit Charlottesville last summer, local clergy were prepared to help lead, thanks in part to newly rebuilt relationships and trust, says the leader of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective.
The role of preaching in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work is often overlooked by the academy, but it was at the very heart of his theology and ministry, says the homiletics professor and author of a new book on Bonhoeffer and preaching.
Not all veterans are injured or ill, but all have a story to tell, says an Army chaplain who works with wounded soldiers transitioning out of the military. As Veterans Day approaches, take time to listen and be present.
What’s the solution to the firearms dilemma for a pastor in gun-loving Texas? Visiting and listening. That allows a pastor to see how isolated and fearful people are, and it offers a chance to connect them to community.
All Christians are called to invite others along the way of Jesus. Make it easy for people to say yes, don’t wear out your welcome, and be yourself, advises a pastor who offers “free prayer” in public.