Posts Tagged ‘Church’

Church turned kebab shop turned student flat

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Abby Wallace and Ruby Tsatsas’ flat came with one couch, two old wooden benches, a washing machine and a fridge. But that’s where the similarity to most student homes ends. The friends live in a 143-year-old Gothic-style Methodist church. Read more Related Posts:St Patrick’s School Taupō student donates unworn catwalk…Classmates support student after Catholic priest Read more

Lockdown liturgy: A window into synodal thinking

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
Living with the chaos

Lockdown liturgy such as online Mass, walk-up communion and drive-in Eucharist during the liturgical lockdown have shown us the dominant culture of the Church. Where these practices became the default of bishops, the potential failure of the synodal process is high because these practices were made possible by sidelining the laity. What is the potential Read more

Identifying Catholics and weaponising mysteries: Theological notes

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
hearing mean listening

Mention the name of any religion and the first reaction of contemporary, western, first world and secular society people will be to ask about its content: what do they believe? The emphasis is, at once, on a list of ideas about the universe, human life, purpose and what, if anything, is beyond the universe. Once Read more

Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
barring women

Going to church is generally touted as good for the soul. But there is also evidence church attendance can be good for your health — unless, that is, you are a woman at a church that bars women from preaching or other leadership roles. A new study published in the American Sociological Review has found Read more

Are women involved in a toxic relationship with the church?

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
women

It’s not what they say; it’s the way that they say it. Documents and Scripture translations annoyingly border on gaslighting women. Not the big-league, drive-her-crazy gaslighting, just the subtle cognitive dissonance that slips into relationships large and small. You know, “He loves me, he loves me not …” Cognitive dissonance includes saying one thing and Read more

Church as a house of good as well as God

Monday, October 19th, 2020
good

Churches are assessed as houses of “good” as well as of God in a study of their value to the community to be published by the National Churches Trust tomorrow. The concept of a “house of good” has been used to value the significant social and economic support generated by and through church buildings in England, Read more

Pastor proud of new church that does not look like a church

Monday, August 31st, 2020
majestic church

Leo Hanssen, senior minister at the Majestic Church, says their recently reopened complex was built with its modern design to stop it from looking like “an old church.” “We didn’t want it to look like a church [and we] didn’t want it to feel like an old church. We wanted it to be a place Read more

What living apart has taught me about #StayAtHome church

Monday, May 4th, 2020

My husband and I moved to the U.S. 16 years ago. We didn’t know a soul in the college town where he would be starting graduate school, and with just six months of marriage under our belts, we barely knew one another either. But God provided a new family through the local church: An older Read more

Social distancing may change the way we do church

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Tom Reese

When you think about the mechanics of Sunday Eucharist, it’s difficult to imagine a system better designed to spread contagion. Parishioners of all ages are crowded into a confined space, they hug or shake hands, they receive bread on the tongue or in the hand from a minister whose hands are not gloved, they share Read more

Why I haven’t left the church

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

So much emphasis was placed on presumed sexual morality and ideal families at these parishes that anyone who didn’t fit a rigid traditional mold was ostracized. Unwed, separated and divorced parents and their children were shunned. Families like mine — my parents were divorced — formed an outgroup that was systematically excluded. I experienced bullying. Read more