Cocooning is Hazardous to Your Spiritual Health

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By Bill Peel The term “cocooning” was coined by trend forecaster Faith Popcorn to describe Americans who were socializing less and hunkering down at home to protect themselves from the harsh realities of the outside world. This trend fed a burgeoning do-it-yourself industry and sparked home-entertainment innovations, such as video game systems, rec rooms, and [Read More...]


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Making homes for the arts in sacred places

This post comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  No one was laughing when Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School closed in 2012. Not only were the residents of the South Philadelphia neighborhood losing what had been a bulwark institution for generations; [Read More...]


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Be careful what you wish for

This post came to us from The Well. Thanks, folks!  Jen’s book Teach Us to Want was also a selection in the Patheos Book Club recently, and you can read more about that here. By Jen Pollock Michel When Ellen was only twenty, her parents died within six months of each other. Soon after, her [Read More...]


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[VIDEO] The next set of encouraging videos from the Faith@Work Summit

Some more great talks from the Faith@Work Summit have now been posted. (Here’s the first set , here’s the second set, and here’s the third set.)Enjoy! Paul Wilson on how seminaries need to change to pay attention to what the rest of us do all day: Al Erisman on how universities need to do the [Read More...]


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Four ways to help people who are out of work

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Ever feel like a lot of conversation about faith and work is about people with good jobs and rewarding lives? So did pastor Trevor Lee: How do you approach faith, work, and economics with those who have little or no consistent work? As I move deeper into the conversation around faith, work, and economics, I’ve [Read More...]


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Why do we need relationships?

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In a post on the Kern Pastors Network (part 4 of a series KPN is running on relationships and poverty), Kyle Bushre ponders the movie It’s a Wonderful Life): The message that friendship is true wealth is captured clearly in the inscription of the book given to George by the angel, “Dear George, Remember no man [Read More...]


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