(RNS) As churches face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet, mainline Protestant churches are relying more on unpaid clergy.
Author Archives: G. Jeffrey MacDonald
About G. Jeffrey MacDonald
G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an award-winning reporter and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His work has appeared in five books as well as TIME magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, USA Todayand the Washington Post, among other national publications. For in-depth coverage of religion, he’s received six awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul (Basic Books, March 2010). He received his Master of Divinity degree cum laude from Yale Divinity School in 2000. He lives in Massachusetts.
(RNS) Challengers are taking a new tack by arguing the Pledge of Allegiance violates terms of the Massachusetts’ equal rights amendment, which provides that “all people are born free and equal,” and that equality cannot be abridged by “sex, race, color, creed or national origin.”
(RNS) The National Christian Foundation has been seeking a new owner for a campus and is now entertaining proposals from organizations that do not seek to spread the Christian gospel – at least not explicitly.
(RNS) On July 1, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Schmucker Hall, located on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary, will reopen as a museum depicting the epic battle, the costly war and the complex role of faith.
BOSTON (RNS) Most faith leaders agree everyone deserves a dignified burial, no matter what crimes they’ve committed, as a matter of Christian principle. But a mix of factors is leading them to keep low profiles on the debate over how to handle the remains of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
BOSTON (RNS) For the 14 people who lost a limb in the Boston Marathon bombings, the path forward to a satisfying life depends largely on how they handle the spiritual challenges at hand, according to amputees and researchers.
BOSTON (RNS) In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering a compassionate ear and much-needed comfort.
(RNS) A group of woodworking Louisiana monks is celebrating after a federal appeals court ruled they can sell simple handmade caskets – and local funeral directors can’t stop them.
(RNS) The Episcopal Church has a new commandment for its bishops: Thou shalt not assist former Episcopalians who are trying to take the church’s assets.
(RNS) For Alcoholics Anonymous to continue helping addicts find freedom in sobriety, the 75-year-old organization has to reclaim its spiritual roots. That’s the message coming from reformers who say the group has drifted from core principles, but what exactly constitutes the heart of AA spirituality is a matter of spirited debate.