Tag: clergy

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    The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” and it prohibits Methodist ministers from performing same-sex marriages. But “these are unjust laws,” says Rev. Thomas Ogletree, “and therefore they do not really have the authority of law.” More

    November 27, 2013 | Comments

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    Watch more of our interview about religious ceremonies of commitment with UCC minister and retirement community chaplain Anne Abernethy, who says, “One of the great gifts of being a clergy person is that we are really invited into people’s lives at a time of blessing.” More

    June 8, 2012 | Comments

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    Two United Church of Christ pastors have written a book about their experiences in the ministry and their work as pastoral leaders. More

    April 13, 2012 | Comments

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    “What’s amazing to me,” says Rev. Lillian Daniel, “is the way people are still willing to sit and be quiet and thoughtful and sing together in a space that is transcendent and old and has meaning…and just listen to the human voice.” More

    April 13, 2012 | Comments

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    Father Larry Janowski says the new, more literal translation of the words of the Mass from the original Latin are “like sawdust in the mouth. They’re difficult to say.” More

    December 2, 2011 | Comments

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    “There is no such thing as a perfect translation. Every translation is in some ways an experiment, and there are many parts of the new translation that are much better.” More

    December 2, 2011 | Comments

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    Religious leaders have joined civil rights activists, the Justice Department, and others in challenging Alabama’s tough new immigration law. “The government is trying to tell us what we can or can’t do in terms of works of mercy, works of charity, which are fundamental to our faith,” says Father Tom Ackerman of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. More

    September 23, 2011 | Comments

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    “There’s a lot of pressure we put on ourselves as clergy because of what we’re doing, and we don’t want to let God down,” says Rev. Lynda Ferguson, a Methodist pastor in rural North Carolina. More

    July 29, 2011 | Comments

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    Church attendance in Ireland has been dropping precipitously, and the number of priests being ordained from the country’s only Catholic seminary is at an all time low. “The young people, the under 40’s, have largely deserted the church in Ireland now,” says Rev. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests. More

    July 15, 2011 | Comments

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    A new study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice rules out celibacy and homosexuality as causes of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. More

    May 20, 2011 | Comments

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