6 Ways to Reach Millennials: The Future of Progressive Christianity

by Glenn ZuberThe recent May 12th Pew poll ("America's Changing Religious Landscape") added a new wrinkle to the familiar debate over why established, traditional U.S. churches aren't attracting younger generations like they used to in the 1950s. It turns out that Millennials more than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers don’t trust institutions of any kind and so they are cutting ties with most of them. Churches are asking a new question in light of this poll: Can we buck this trend and attract new … [Read More...]


The Future of Progressive Christianity: What If…?

What if the people leaving the Church are the collective voice of God to us, the Church, today?This question offered by Mark Sandlin in his post for our new series on The Future of Progressive Christianity sets the tone for a frank, deeply thoughtful, and ultimately inspiring symposium at Patheos this week. Mark's lead question, firmly grounded in the reality of the last Pew Research Center survey conceding a continuing and steady decline of the mainline protestant church, yet still begs a ho … [Read More...]


Missing Sunday Mornings

[Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.]For 15 years, I have worked 48 Sunday mornings each year. That is 720 Sundays out of 780. The vast majority of these 720 Sundays working have been spent leading worship (other Sundays were spent on mission trips, continuing education, retreats, etc). That means that in my 15 years as a pastor, I have only had 60 lazy Sunday mornings. Now I … [Read More...]


#WhenSandySpeaks: “There is Something Out There That We Can Do”

Do you recognize Sandra Annette Bland? Do you see yourself when you look at the face of this 28-year-old black woman, this young adult who died in a police cell on July 13, 2105? Do you see your daughter, your baby girl, your smart, beautiful baby girl, your baby girl? Do you see your sister, your aunt, a member of your youth group, a cousin, a mother, a colleague, your “sor” — sorority sister? Who do you see when you look at Sandra Annette Bland?Love gave birth to Sandra Bland. Love awoke he … [Read More...]

The Bipolar God

by Aaron Maurice Saari On the day that my first piece for Patheos, Coming Out as Bi (polar), was published, I entered my first 24-hour period without a filled antipsychotic prescription. By the time it reached 72 hours, I was unable to take care of myself. Owed to miscommunication with the ps … [Read More...]

I Have Cancer. Yes, I Have Breast Cancer.

[Editor's Note: This is the first is a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. She is blogging about her journey and has graciously agreed to share some posts with us at Patheos. This is the first post she wrote back in June.]   … [Read More...]

“There Is a Wide, Wide Wonder In It All”: The Blessing of Black Fathers

“Because that’s my job.” That was my father’s answer when I asked him why he served our family so excellently. Each week my father worked a different shift: 6am to 2pm; 10pm to 6am; 2pm to 10pm. He worked this soul-destroying schedule for more than thirty years. He gained employment in factories and … [Read More...]

Liberal Protestants, Social Justice and Antisemitism: Reflections on the BDS Movement

By Mark E. Gammon With the astounding pace of news over the last couple of weeks, it was easy to miss one small item. The United Church of Christ became the latest liberal Protestant denomination to endorse “boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian l … [Read More...]

Tapping the Millennial Imagination: On FAO Schwarz, Don Quixote, and the Dying Church

Millennials are more optimistic than they have any right to be. Does this signal hope for the dying church?Millennials are the “in” generation. Love us or hate us, every day stories scroll across my newsfeed filled with statistics and anecdotes aimed at dissecting our behavior and assigning it me … [Read More...]

The South IS Rising Again: A Southern Boy on Taking Down the Confederate Flag

This morning the rebel flag was removed from the Capitol grounds of South Carolina. The South Carolina House and Senate, by overwhelming majorities in both houses, voted to take it down this week, and Governor Haley signed the bill yesterday.I'm a Southerner. My father's father's father's father … [Read More...]

Coming Out as Bi (polar)

The Rev. Aaron Maurice SaariAt my ordination service, a friend who is a biblical storyteller performed the story of the Gerasenes Demoniac as reported in Mark 5:1-20. To some it might have seemed an odd selection for an ordination, but my small claim to fame in academic circles is being an … [Read More...]

“Unequally Yoked”: How Christians Get Interfaith Marriage Wrong

By Rev. J. Dana Trent, MDivWhile Christianity is American’s most popular religion (70% of people in the U.S. identify as such), pastors and scholars all let out a collective gasp at the latest findings from the Pew Forum Religious Landscape Study. According to Pew, 2015 might be the year of the r … [Read More...]

10 Questions Jesus Would Use To Evaluate a Ministry

Summer is that time of year where some ministry begins to slow down (unless you are in youth ministry, then you laugh at the notion of "slow summers") as we as the Church take our collective breath and prepare to gear up for the coming Fall season.  This is also the time of year when evaluations of … [Read More...]

Insecurity about Church Security

By Dwight Lee Wolter.  Recent events, including the massacre of nine people in a church Bible study, have inspired churches and other houses of faith to take a closer look at security issues. The Suffolk County (NY) police department, for example, provided a hastily convened “Security Training … [Read More...]