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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What's the good news about clergy health?


For almost 500 years, the church has been outsourcing theological education to seminaries and divinity schools. It's time to return some of that task to local churches, says a seminary scholar and teacher.

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Why do we expect young people to be naturally hopeful? Looking honestly at a broken world and resolving to live in hope anyway requires experience, writes the director of youth ministry initiatives at Duke Divinity School.

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In an interfaith setting, resolving conflict as quickly as possible isn't the goal. Rather, healthy conflict can be a spark that leads us to self-awareness, self-reflection and transformation, writes the director of North Carolina Central University's Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue.

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A new book about an extensive study of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina explores clergy struggles with physical and mental health. But it also explores positive findings, especially in the area of positive mental health.

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At a time when the criminal justice system is looking for alternatives to prison, the church has an important role to play in helping those who need it most, says a Dallas assistant city attorney.

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