(RNS) Many church leaders continue to believe that reinvention is a optional choice as they control the pace of change and shape its outcomes. Those attitudes are delusional. The reality is: reinvent or die.
Articles tagged “Tom Ehrich”
(RNS) By any sniff test or common-sense test, gay unions are no more or less likely to succeed and to be things of beauty. The larger issue, it seems to me, is public respect. And respect comes from being worthy of respect.
(RNS) In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week and Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. Some will get it, and it will be profoundly good news. Others still won’t get it.
(RNS) The Catholic hierarchy calls it “defamation” to raise questions about Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s “Dirty War.” But as any penitent knows, a desire to move forward must be accompanied by candor about the past.
(RNS) I just spent a wonderful and encouraging weekend with a church leadership team from Reisterstown, Md. I came away filled with hope for this congregation and with admiration for their clergy and lay leaders. I wish our weak and tiresome political leaders in Washington and state capitals could visit this church in northern Baltimore […]
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) We did a focus group here, part of a local church’s strategic planning process. Question: if you stood on the edge of your church’s property and looked outward, rather than the usual inward, what would you see?
(RNS) The bubble I see bursting is establishment Christianity in America. It is bursting ever-so-slowly, even as millions of people still find life, meaning, safety and structure inside their bubbles. But one failing congregation at a time, the surface of shimmering shape is being breached.
(RNS) Monday morning’s New York Times had two articles about the season finale of “Downton Abbey,” and even though I was behind on previous episodes, I couldn’t stop myself from reading them. Finding out how the story ends, however, doesn’t take away its meaning or mystery.
How will Pope Benedict XVI be remembered? Hard to say. My guess: as a placeholder. I hope the next pope does what Jesus did: hearing the beggar’s cries and, against his disciples’ wishes, inviting the beggar closer and then healing him.
(RNS) Keeping these three elements in balance -– dream + freedom + structure — is daunting. Three personalities must collaborate, and those personalities don’t necessarily play well together.