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The Toll of the Rush and Pressures of Modern Life

The Toll of the Rush and Pressures of Modern Life

Thomas Merton wrote these incisive words in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander more than fifty years ago, but they are no less true today than when he wrote them.

“There is a pervasive form of modern violence to which the idealist…most easily succumbs: activism and over-work. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. [Read more at on Being].

How to Define Religious Diversity?

How to Define Religious Diversity?

If each of the 152 groups reporting adherents in the 2010 Religion Census is treated separately, Elkhart, Indiana is the most diverse metro area in the country.

But Elkhart has no reported Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, or Hindus. Perhaps giving equal weight to all groups is not the best measure of diversity.

The Work of Saving Rosaries Beads Confiscated at the Mexican Border

The Work of Saving Rosaries Beads Confiscated at the Mexican Border

"From 2007 through 2014, Mr. Kiefer collected thousands of personal items that had been taken and discarded. Keys. Shoelaces. Plastic jugs used as canteens for the arduous journey across the scorching desert. He curated the items, photographed them and released a number of images on his website in the summer of 2015, which prompted some attention in the arts world.

Reflective Leadership Grants Offer Leaders Time Away From Daily Obligations

Reflective Leadership Grants Offer Leaders Time Away From Daily Obligations

Do you need time to reflect and gain perspective on your ministry?

The Reflective Leadership Grant program offers lay and ordained Christian leaders up to $15,000 to step away from their current work to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps. [Apply now].

Lilly Endowment Changing Lives

Lilly Endowment Changing Lives

"Paul Ritter, the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winner, reported that receiving this award "changed the course of my career because I was able to attend Butler University to study actuarial science. Not to take anything away from Ball State, but that was not my first choice. I ended up where my heart said I belong." [Read more about Lilly Endowment.}

Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the impossible becomes possible (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49). What have we to fear, knowing God has power even over the wind and waves (Mark 4:35-41)? Let us open our hearts to the Lord, trusting him for all things (2 Corinthians 6:1-13)." 

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that everyone who has ever owned a radio fancies themselves a music expert. Pastors, we know you are under a huge amount of stress. We’ve read the stories, we’ve seen the statistics, we’ve probably felt the collateral damage a time or two. I don’t share these guidelines to be yet another burden. In reality, if you take these to heart, it will make your job easier and win a crucial ally and partner in ministry.

1. Respect our expertise.

Significance of Storytelling

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It’s a catalogue of all the places we have been. It is a book entrusted to its people to ensure they are not forgotten. [Read more at On Being].

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Wisdom Meets Technology

Wisdom Meets Technology

The monastery’s turnaround has become a testament to what’s possible when ancient wisdom meets new technology -- as long as clear purposes and firm boundaries are enforced with vigor.

Faith and Work

Faith and Work

Industry leaders, CEOs, and trustees from the Fuller community reflect on evolving opportunities at the intersection of faith and the workplace. [Watch Now].

“The connection of faith and work continues to be an evolving opportunity for people who say Christ is their Lord and Savior.” —Mary Vermeer Andringa

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