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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Amy Butler on her role as the first woman to lead Riverside Church

A FAITH & LEADERSHIP PODCAST
This Faith & Leadership podcast asks a fresh set of questions about leadership and the future of the church. The Rev. Bill Lamar and the Rev. Laura Everett talk with people of faith inside and outside the church -- conversations that breathe life into leaders struggling in their own valley of dry bones.

In the premiere episode of "Can These Bones," co-host Bill Lamar talks with Amy Butler, the senior minister of The Riverside Church in the City of New York, about her experience in that historic pulpit.

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The challenge facing much of the church in the U.S. is the challenge of pluralism, says a sociologist who studies race and religion. Can the church equip itself to engage with an increasingly diverse society?

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Reframing the pastoral sabbatical as a journey for the entire congregation can diminish resentment and help make regular periods of renewal a part of the Christian life, writes the director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs.

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It's not the renowned writer himself that's the problem, writes a pastor who grew up in and serves rural communities. But his writing projects an idealized vision of rural life that ignores current realities.

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In today's world, we tend to choose friendships with like-minded people rather than investing in a broad community of "familiar but not intimate" relationships. That narrowing of casual relationships is killing our communities and driving us away from God's work in the world, writes the managing director of grants for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Beauty isn't just ornamentation or sentimentality; it provides the life-giving force of warm, appealing graciousness, says a writer.

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