Being a Pastor is a Weird Job

“Being a pastor is a weird job. I love the freedom to read, plan worship, talk with interesting people, and sit with scripture and the tradition. But sometimes I just have to laugh at myself and at any expectation I have or someone else might have that I can come up with a spiritual word or reflection.” Emerging church pastor Courtney Pinkerton on a day in the life… [Read more...]

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Lament and Resolve for Victims of Hate Crimes

On September 22, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college freshman at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Brudge in what the New York Times is calling an “apparent suicide.” Clementi’s 18-year-old roommate and another 18-year-old classmate have been charged with illegally taping and broadcasting video of Clementi in an intimate encounter with another [Read More...]

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple, Open the Doors and…

Not so many people. Why? In part, apparently, because we are doing an increasingly poor job of explaining to the people who come through the doors what it is that we believe, why it makes a difference, and how it differs from what others believe. Episcopal Priest Fred Schmidt reflects on a recent Pew Research Center report on U.S. Religious Knowledge… [Read more...]


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