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Rural Church Trapped in Holy Saturday Theology

Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is “suspended between loss and hope, death and resurrection, mourning and new life.” It is also where many rural churches... read more >


Economic Recession and Christian Redemption

The current downturn in the U.S. economy is affecting most Christian congregations. Clergy must strike a balance between offering spiritual comfort and providing practical help. This article explores how clergy... read more >


The Role of Grants in Churches

As Sunday offerings decline because of the recession, church leaders might consider grants to replace lost resources. Granting agencies want to see their money spent to help the broader community... read more >


The Realities of Orthodox Parish Life

This article provides answers to 10 key questions facing the Orthodox community in the 21st century. It addresses several issues, including the extent to which American Orthodox Churches remain ethnically... read more >


Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

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“Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs,”  by Faith Communities Today, offers a comparative look at the beliefs and practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations across the United States.


What Clergy Do All Week

What Clergy Do All Week Pastor Clergy Minister Christian Collar Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Many church members might think the life of the pastor is spent preparing for that one-hour Sunday worship. A survey of Roman Catholic and Protestant pastors shows they do a lot more.


Finding Friendship in Ministry

In a 2001 study of clergy only 32 percent said they had never felt lonely or isolated. The sense of loneliness and isolation was identified as the single greatest predictor... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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