Posts Tagged ‘Church’

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

The Church as a guest

Monday, April 29th, 2019
guest

The wedding invitation said ‘summer chic’. I smiled to myself as I read this request of the parents of the bride. I had to hope that my hosts would be very understanding. The black suit of a priest would hardly pass as ‘summer chic’! At any celebration, the hosts are very much in charge. They Read more

Only hope for institutional Christianity lies in truth

Monday, March 18th, 2019
truth

Jesus once said: “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble… it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” To be a representative of institutional Christianity after last week is to feel the weight of that Read more

It’s my church too

Monday, November 5th, 2018
My church too

Aileen Carlin Giannelli died on September 8. By itself, that’s probably not something most readers are interested in. Statistically, perhaps as many as 46,000 American Catholics died in September, and I am sure any reader of these words can name at least one of them. But this particular American Catholic was my wife’s mother and Read more