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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Christian denominations grapple with graying clergy

The sacrificial grace of Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church
Christian Today: The saint emerging from this sad hour is not the Archbishop of Canterbury, nor any leader of the Global South churches. It is the Primate of The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is pledging his Church to walk together with all the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
The Atlantic: The selective outrage of the Anglican Church
First Things: Reaffirming communion: An act of hope

Why we need a prophetic voice in America
Religion News Service: As we pause to remember King, the prophetic voice rings out still, interrupting our petty politics of lies and fear to call forth a moral movement that recaptures our deepest religious and constitutional convictions. No political candidate alone offers the hope we can believe in. We need the indictment, imagination and inspiration of the prophetic voice in America.

How today's clergy are putting their faith in management training
Kellogg Insight: Business and nonprofit executives alike have long consulted management scholars for guidance on how to lead their organizations through change. Slowly, leaders of faith communities are getting in on the action too.

Thou shalt not toss food: Enlisting religious groups to fight waste
NPR: The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday launched the Food Steward's Pledge, an initiative to engage religious groups of all faiths to help redirect the food that ends up in landfills to hungry mouths. It's one piece of the agency's larger plan to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030.

Christian denominations grapple with graying clergy, ways to appeal to the young
Houston Chronicle: "At the most basic level," said Bishop Janice Huie of the Methodist Texas Annual Conference, "our retirements will far exceed our incoming elders. Without significant change, there will be a significant shortage."

Bi-vocational pastors balance ministry with Monday-Friday jobs
Orlando Sentinel: A report released earlier this month indicates that a growing number of pastors are preaching from the pulpit on Sundays and punching the clock on Mondays. Over the past five years, the share of congregations with full-time paid clergy has fallen from 71.4 to 62.2 percent, according to the nationwide Faith Communities Today survey.

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