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Jun  2016 21
Some Christians believe anger and love are incompatible. Some are more angry than loving, and some have figured out how to use their anger in the service of love.
May  2016 31
The value of graduate seminary education, and thus of graduate seminaries, is being questioned today. Given the tumult in religion we’re experiencing, and the kinds of financial realities Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend wrote about in last week’s blog, that questioning is very reasonable. This post represents his response to the question of value.
May  2016 24
There have always been congregations that can pay well, but there has never been a congregational system full of substantial “livings.” There have always been relatively wealthy and relatively poor churches.
May  2016 03
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend writes that clergy health and well-being has declined along with the mainline Protestant church. He calls for less blaming and a more Zen approach to the problem.
Apr  2016 26
The situation in the classroom and in a seminary, even a small one such as Phillips is, has gotten complex to the point that I’m not sure the concept of safe space will hold much longer. We don’t seem to be able to juggle the competing needs.
Apr  2016 19
With today’s average age in mainline churches at about 60, with many of the largest financial contributors to those congregations in their upper 60s, their 70s, and their 80s, and with such different church-going patterns among the thinner younger generations, there is no doubt that the “death tsunami” will powerfully disrupt an entire way of doing church.
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