Embracing the awkward

Completion of a comedy improvisation class ought to be a graduation requirement for seminarians.

Maybe you should stay. Maybe…

I am hardly suggesting that “staying” — in a job, in a parish, in a denomination, in a city, with an institution — is always the right thing to do, only that, for Christians, change rather than stability bears the burden of proof, a burden that can be satisfied, but is borne nonetheless.

Bless your heart! (or, why we bless)

I was raised in the genteel city of Birmingham, AL, which is another way of saying that I grew up around hospitable, polite and loving … trash talk. A sampling of regular conversation might include, for instance, statements such as, “Did you see what she wore ... Read More...

Seven theses on the episcopacy

One of the oddities of ecclesial life is that priests can’t be members of a parish. When ordained, the new cleric’s “residency” moves from a parish to the diocese; more specifically, the residency moves to the ... Read More...

Blood on my hands: being a hunter and a Christian clergyman

A foray into vegetarianism during high school was inspired by Tolstoy. His argument ran as follows: you know that you can be perfectly healthy without eating meat; so, if you eat meat, you are doing it to gratify your appetite at the expense of the lives of animals.
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Clergy loan forgiveness?

Last week, the Department of Education released guidelines outlining exactly who qualifies for loan forgiveness. It turns out that employees whose work is related to "religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing" don't fit the bill.