“The reality is there are not nearly as many available jobs as pastors as there were even a few years ago. Seminaries and divinity schools have seen a drop in enrollment, and especially in the number of graduates who become pastors. There are several reasons, but the main one is that not as many people are attending mainline churches anymore. So there is less need and less money to afford a pastor.”
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About Sally Morrow
Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012. Sally’s interest in photography began in her high school’s dark room. She has since attended film school at the College of Santa Fe, holds a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from UMKC, and holds an M.A. in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Her graduate thesis project “Picturing Immigration” was published in News Photographer Magazine.
Sally has worked as a photographer, videographer and photo/multimedia editor at the Des Moines Register, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Newsday. Her editorial and freelance photography has appeared in various publications and professional websites.
The National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952, was marked across the country on Thursday (May 1). Religion News Service captured photos during a prayer service in Lake Lotawana, Mo., where the community gathered to pray for federal and local government, as well as the military, media, business, education, church and family.
Nuns, priests, children and people all over Rome dance along to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy,” in celebration of two popes becoming saints.
Host Zach Anner asks Blythe about being Catholic, birth control, homeschool, confession and having five children.
(RNS) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among clergy of various faiths, students, and members of the community who gathered Thursday (April 17) to remember three shooting victims during a “Service of Unity & Hope” at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) Parents who attended the first Kansas City Oasis gathering, a “secular community,” talk about how they hope to raise their children in a freethinking environment.
On their wedding day, Chris and Leah O’Kane got the surprise of a lifetime when their priest belted out a personalized version of “Hallelujah,” a song originally written by Leonard Cohen and more recently popularized by Jeff Buckley’s rendition.
“Some ministers are answering the call to care for their families and tend to their flocks by working two full-time jobs.”
Singing, ice breakers and talks on science are all part of the Sunday Assembly, a gathering of atheists. Zach Anner, host of SoulPancake, meets with Sarah, an atheist at the Sunday Assembly in L.A. that is a, “godless congregation that celebrates life.”
“While the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut horrified the nation last year, every month even more children are killed by guns. Since Newtown, some faith leaders and religious groups have supported new gun restrictions. Others have advocated a need both to use force and to have the guns to do so.”