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Judaism | Renewal Judaism | clergy

Centering Lay Leaders in Faith Communities

Rather than wringing our hands about the lack of moral superheroes within the clergy, American rabbis should embrace the shift towards lay leaders....

June 1, 2022

clergy | Pope Francis | Roman Catholicism | sexual abuse | sin

Really Big Sins

“This sounds like a flip answer,” said Lutheran Pastor Jan Erickson-Pearson, “but why does [clerical sexual abuse] still happen? Sin.” That was in 2002, but headlines still on occasion use the same three-letter theological word to explain the phenome...

October 8, 2018

clergy | drug policy | prisons | Unitarian Universalists | War on Drugs

Clergy for a New Drug Policy

When was the last time any of us read of a war being over? The War in Afghanistan? The Culture War(s)? The War on Poverty? For all we know, factions may still be seething over issues, such as they were, in the Thirty Years’ War or (we’ll raise you 70...

September 12, 2016

middle-class | clergy | seminary | clergy income | Association of Theological Schools | Bi-vocational ministry

Vanishing Clergy

Our editor suggests that we postpone our next Sightings until September, to give a busy staff a breather after the busiest summer-news of news-logging we can remember. Our files and e-files bulge or pulse with folders called “Current.” Before we t...

July 27, 2015