Chaos and the ministry of the gospel

By Bishop Mark MacDonald One of the many things that our recent pandemic crisis has revealed is the difficulties our institutions have in facing chaos. To be clear, I am not at all critical of the ways that people have tried to adapt to the realities of COVID-19. I have seen courage, compassion and innovation … Continue reading “Chaos and the ministry of the gospel”

“The Pandemic is a Portal”

By Mark Whitall This is an in-between time.  The world as we knew it is no more.  The new world that will replace it hasn’t happened yet.  We are in-between. The Indian novelist Arundhati Roy had an article in the Financial Times on April 3 entitled “The Pandemic is a Portal”, in which she wrote: “Historically, … Continue reading ““The Pandemic is a Portal””

The Spiritual Practice of Conversation

By Andrea Roske-Metcalfe I’m a Lutheran pastor, and I’m not very good at spiritual practice, at least not of the genre that generally comes to mind—contemplative prayer, meditation, journaling, silent retreat, fasting, spiritual direction, reading devotional writers, etc. I know this list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some things that my religious colleagues, both clergy … Continue reading “The Spiritual Practice of Conversation”

Clergy, scientists grapple with thoughts of worship without congregational singing

By Adelle M. Banks   They are words the Rev. John Witvliet, an expert on Christian worship, never thought he would hear himself say. “Based on the science that we are learning about this week, we are urging and I am personally urging extreme caution,” said Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship … Continue reading “Clergy, scientists grapple with thoughts of worship without congregational singing”

Jessica Young Brown: Ministers cannot thrive if they neglect themselves

By Jessica Young Brown Clergy must honor all aspects of their lives to be healthy in ministry, writes a clinical psychologist who focuses on faith and mental health. My vocation is not at all what I would have answered had people asked the 12-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Rather, … Continue reading “Jessica Young Brown: Ministers cannot thrive if they neglect themselves”