Turning churches into housing a unique challenge for developers

Turning churches into housing a unique challenge for developers (link is external) Boston Globe: Abandoned churches are increasingly attractive as condominium developments but tinkering with the old and the holy, it turns out, comes with a particular set of challenges. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas, April 21, 2015

The man who may one-up Darwin

The man who may one-up Darwin On a sunny afternoon, near Stanford University’s Palo Alto campus and more than 5,000 miles from his home, an assistant professor from MIT is talking about science. Very advanced science, OZY reports. His name is Jeremy England, and at 33, he’s already being called the next Charles Darwin. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading “The man who may one-up Darwin”

L. Gregory Jones: Asking more of laypeople

By L. Gregory Jones       Senior strategist and theology professor, Duke Divinity School Influential laypeople yearn for deep relationships with Christian institutional leaders. We can nurture those relationships by entering the worlds where laypeople live, think and work — not seeing them primarily as church volunteers and funders. Monday, January 2, 2012 The billionaire businessman, … Continue reading “L. Gregory Jones: Asking more of laypeople”

Pollination gardens embody stewardship of creation

  By Matt Gardner Doing their part to restore balance to the local ecosystem, Anglican churches throughout the Diocese of Huron have planted pollination gardens to feed area bees as part of the Garden4Bees project. The area in recent years has seen a noticeable decrease in the number of pollinating insects, a problem exacerbated by … Continue reading “Pollination gardens embody stewardship of creation”

Breaking the stigma of addiction

By André Forget Rick Tessier, layperson in charge of prison ministry and aftercare at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in St. John’s, Nfld., has been working with those suffering from addictions since 2001. Photo: André Forget Newfoundland may be characterized in the minds of many by its remote outports, bucolic fishing villages and slower way of life, but these … Continue reading “Breaking the stigma of addiction”

Reinhold Niebuhr combined “tough-minded political realism with a sympathetic understanding of society’s injustices”

Reinhold Niebuhr combined “tough-minded political realism with a sympathetic understanding of society’s injustices” (link is external) Reader’s Almanac: An interview with Reinhold Niebuhr’s daughter Elisabeth Sifton, an editor and book publisher, on why Niebuhr’s writings continue to fascinate and challenge today’s readers. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas, April 09, 2015

Generosity 101

  By Peter Misiaszek   As a stewardship educator, most of my time is dedicated to teaching—and hopefully inspiring—members of our congregations to embrace a life of generosity and enthusiastically commit to supporting the ministry of our church through their gifts of time, talent and treasure. All too often I take for granted that most … Continue reading “Generosity 101”

How Charles Darwin used rest to be more productive — and how you can, too

  How Charles Darwin used rest to be more productive — and how you can, too Americans work among the longest hours in the world, and most highly prize workers who log the most hours at the office, the Washington Post reports. But what if we’re wrong? What if the most productive and creative work … Continue reading “How Charles Darwin used rest to be more productive — and how you can, too”

‘We have to speak out for Christians’

By André Forget Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, during a meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2014. Photo: DFATD/MAECD Andrew Bennett has served as Canada’s first Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom since the position was created in February 2013. Previously, Bennett, a native of Toronto, Ont., served as a professor and dean … Continue reading “‘We have to speak out for Christians’”