End of Elite Denominational Headquarters
Once upon a time, from the UUA on down, “Headquarters” buildings were statements of power: “Look! We are important! ‘Notice us!’” But just as cathedrals don’t tower in an age of skyscrapers, so impressive-looking headquarters no longer draw notice. And “secularization” is only part of the reason for this change. (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
What Part of 'the Right to Organize' Don't Some Religious Institutions Understand? | America Magazine
Adjuncts have successfully formed unions at Catholic schools like Georgetown, Le Moyne and St. Francis College in Brooklyn. But in other cases, the willful misuse of religious freedom — an area of law that Catholic leaders have lately sought to extend on matters of conscience — is very much akin to the behavior of GTS’s trustees. Union-busting is no more an exercise of religious freedom than a walkout is a resignation, and everyone knows it.
Will the Church Stop Shaming People Who 'Live in Sin'? - The Atlantic
But with or without substantive doctrinal changes, this intervention—one that reporters admittedly still have limited information about—suggests there's a softer postural debate happening alongside the pastoral debate. The Church may still consider it a sin to have sex before marriage, but leaders can change the way they talk about it—lighter on the shame, heavier on the spiritual guidance.
Foreclosure case filed against Family Christian Center pastor
Only a few months after reports that Indiana's largest megachurch was digging itself out of a financial hole, Family Christian Church Senior Pastor Steve Munsey and his wife face a foreclosure action against the home they've attempted to sell...Last year, a Times investigation revealed Family Christian Center had been spending millions annually on leadership compensation, travel, meals, and jet fuel, yet fell behind on mortgage payments and racked up a list of past-due bills.
Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock - New York Times
The church, Hillsong, has become a phenomenon, capitalizing on, and in some cases shaping, trends not only in evangelicalism but also in Christian youth culture. Its success would be rare enough at a time when religion is struggling in a secularizing Europe and North America. But Hillsong is even more remarkable because its target is young Christians in big cities, where faith seems out of fashion but where its services are packing them in.
Conservative Anabaptists from across North America gathered for the first time at a ministry conference a month ago in a meeting seen by some as an indication of growing unity. (MWR)
UMC launches new ecumenical, interfaith office
On any given Sunday, more Christians are attending worship services in China than in the United States or Europe. That is one indicator of the challenges presented by a changing world of ecumenism as the United Methodist Church reorganizes how it addresses issues of Christian unity and relationships with other faiths. (UM Reporter)
Brutal Presbyterian Disunity
Anglicans get plenty of well-deserved attention for their efforts at disunity, but Presbyterians at least deserve an honorary mention in this game.
How Clergy In Ferguson Succeeded Where The Police Failed
To some extent, the police and the clergy at the protests have an overlapping mission: to keep the gathering peaceful. For clergy, that has meant speaking with protesters who become agitated until they calm down. It has meant acting as intermediaries between the crowds and police. At times, it has meant doing crowd control and helping keep people within designated areas.