United Methodists resolve gay marriage complaint against 36 pastors without a trial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint … read more

7 disappointing reasons people leave a church

By Ron Edmondson
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and… read more

Resisting the urge for perfection

By Timothy Siburg
If you are a part of a congregation, faith community, or serve or volunteer with a nonprofit, you know that it is important to cultivate volunteers or “lay leaders.”… read more

How to lose a week (and not lose it all)

By Chad Brooks
OK, listeners. It’s time to get into the big stuff. Not the easy, entry-level time management, but the stuff of practitioners and productivity evangelists. This episode is… read more

Tensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) Several faculty members at the Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary are battling with the school’s leadership, although neither side agrees whether they… read more

People who change the world never give up

By Joseph Yoo
A couple of years ago, through the Lewis Fellows Program, we got to spend two hours picking Rev. Adam Hamilton's brain at the Church of the Resurrection asking him questions on… read more

Religious leaders try to cope with Islamic State attacks

By Kathryn Marchocki / USA Today
(RNS) Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. “As mainstream religious… read more

Monky business: Church growth and/or new monasticism

By Clifton Stringer
Let no one say, brethren, that in our times there are no combats for martyrs. For our peace has its martyrs also. - Abbot Smaragdus of Verdun, 9th century Some of our brothers and … read more

5 real fears of growing older

By Ron Edmondson
I remember the first night in my own house. New wife. Mortgage payment to make each month. I felt responsible — more than I ever had in my life. And honestly, there was a… read more

Stop whining, and grow up

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) The southbound Acela from New York Penn Station could go faster. If the roadbed were smoother, if the stops weren’t so frequent — you know, the usual if-onlys… read more

Episcopal Church’s Katharine Jefferts Schori will not seek re-election

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to head a national branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, announced… read more

What does love require?

By Rob Renfroe
Jesus lived a "both-and" life, not an "either-or life. Throughout his ministry we see him committed to both compassion for people and passion for truth. Rather than viewing grace… read more
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