Greenfield (Vermont) Recorder: Clergy are the first responders to the veteran community, said Chaplain Steve Sullivan of the VA's Community Clergy Training Program. It is all right, he said, for people to "own their ignorance" and simply provide comfort and support -- instead of false, empty claims to truly understand -- to veterans dealing with issues stemming from the service.
Pew Research Center: Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as a percentage of the global population but the Ethiopian community is highly observant and growing.
Religion News Service: As an Episcopal priest and director of the Interfaith Center of New York, I believe the dichotomy between prayers and action portrayed in the Twitter feeds of our leaders is a false one and serves neither the dead, the bereaved, nor our nation as a whole, writes Chloe Breyer. It reveals a narrow view of prayer on the one hand and a shortsighted understanding of action on the other.
USA Today: First Baptist Church of Jefferson City hired a woman as its lead pastor this fall and now may lose voting rights at next week's Tennessee Baptist Convention.
Big Think: The U.S. has been steadily losing its religion for decades. For the most part, Protestants have been leaving the church while the affiliation rates among Catholicism and other religions in the country have remained stable. But since 1990, Americans have been abandoning both belief and religious affiliation at such a fast pace that, by 2035, it's likely that 35 percent of the population will have no religious affiliation -- outnumbering Protestants.
Bearings: Start by listening: how Christians can find common ground with SBNR