Watch Web-only excerpts from our recent conversation with the United Methodist pastor of the grandfather and grandson who were shot to death outside a Jewish community center in Kansas.
More and more seminary graduates are struggling to find sustainable jobs as pastors. Many are turning to other ways to serve or simply make ends meet while they look for work.
Sara Davidson and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi share about how they cope with dying in the book The December Project.
One year after the September 11 attacks, many are asking what should happen now at ground zero. Part of the debate has involved the idea of sacred space. What makes a place holy, and does ground zero qualify?
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar. Observant Jews spend all day in synagogue fasting and repenting. The cantor, also known as the hazzan, leads the congregation in ancient, sung prayer, pleading for God's forgiveness. We spoke with Cantor Abraham Lubin of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland, as he prepared for the high holidays.
Parish nurses, or congregation nurses, are sent out by their faith communities to provide health services to fellow parishioners. Working 20 to 25 hours a week, they provide care at no charge. The nurses themselves are paid either by their congregations or, in poorer communities, by hospitals or foundations. The idea has caught on. There are now 10,000 to 15,000 parish nurses in this country.
Women are a mainstay of the black churches, except in the pulpits. Will the 'stained-glass ceiling' limit the careers of the record number of women entering divinity schools?
According to the Gallup organization, between 1984 and 1998 there was a phenomenal jump in the number of people who said they felt a need for greater spiritual growth from 56 percent to 82 percent, in just 14 years. Many Americans, both religious and nonreligious, have turned to alternative practices to facilitate this spiritual growth.
Christian music, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, is now more popular than jazz or classical, and still growing in popularity. Yet Christian musicians are under vigilant scrutiny from their fans over what they write, where they perform, and how they live their lives.
Health care in the United States is a big problem for the poor not only because they often can t afford it. Sometimes it just isn t there. This is especially true in rural areas, which have a hard time attracting doctors. In rural Alabama, a Catholic nun has found a calling as a doctor, one of only three serving 14,000 people.
The AIDS pandemic has killed 17 million persons in Africa, and it has created 12 million orphans. In some countries more than a quarter of the adult population is infected. But in Senegal, a largely Muslim country, the rate of infection is barely one percent. Public health programs get a lot of the credit, as well as religion and personal behavior.
Archbishop Rowan Williams took over in December 2002 as head of the more than 70 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. In the U.S., that means the Episcopal Church. Williams has already made headlines by opposing the British government s stance on Iraq and for his personal support of homosexual unions.
John Kiely, Brother Amos, is a novice at Mepkin Abbey. He is 39 years old and has made a commitment to spend the rest of his life at the monastery. That means he will rarely leave, have only one visit a year from his family, and forego other freedoms.
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