Health & Well-being
Health & Well-being
Public health from the pulpit: First steps for clergy to help create healthier communities
The gap between clergy and health professionals is hard to bridge, but pastors and Christian leaders can begin with some simple steps to help their communities flourish, writes a public health professional.
Why leaders need holy friendships
Personal sustainability requires sacred relationships formed in God’s love. A managing director of grants for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity writes about what makes these friendships vital in this adapted excerpt from her new book.
Gillian Frank: Before abortion was legal, clergy networks provided connections to reproductive care
Faith leaders can be misunderstood as universally opposing abortion. In fact, the commitment of some clergy to make it safe and accessible predates Roe v. Wade, says a historian and author who studies religion, gender and sexuality.
Lent is a time to rest in God’s unrelenting love
Language that stresses humanity’s distance from God can be deeply hurtful. I prefer to dwell on our belovedness and God’s unwavering maternal heart, writes an author.
A nonprofit ministers on “both sides of the gun”
Together Chicago reduces gun violence with a five-pronged strategy designed to reduce crime on the streets and improve social conditions on Chicago’s West Side.
People in the pews: Who’s missing, who’s hiding, who’s comfortable on the couch?
Almost three years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, pastors mourn the faces they no longer see and figure out how to serve those they’ve yet to meet in person.
One Black church's COVID-19 response: ‘Alleviate, educate, activate’
Faced with the viral pandemic, the response by some churches reinforces the important role they still play in the Black community, writes a Brooklyn pastor.
A blessing for those who minister
In a culture of effortless perfection, Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie are determined to tell the truth: life is beautiful and hard. In their new book, “The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days,” they offer blessings for joys and struggles and plain, ordinary days. And because Christian leaders are human too, they share here a special blessing for those who minister.
Could spiritual practices help young adults struggling with violence?
This first generation to come of age in the spiritual-but-not-religious era also is the first generation to deal regularly with mass violence. Could soulful practices help young adults process grief and fear? asks an author.
At Epiphany, new ways of being
We can look to the unlikely group gathered for Christ’s nativity as a model for friendship, writes the director of the Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.