Posts Tagged ‘commitment’

Challenges facing churches in NZ and USA similar

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The challenges facing churches in New Zealand and the United States are similar says a visiting American professor of Christian ethics Reverend Doctor David Gushee. “That is pretty much what I found during two weeks of lectures and sermons across New Zealand.” Gushee identified 4 overlapping challenges to religion which he believes are common to both Read more

Pope repeats Catholic commitment to ecumenical unity

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Pope Francis reaffirmed the commitment of the Catholic Church to ecumenical unity at a meeting with several dozen representatives of Christian churches and other world religions who had attended his inauguration. “For my part, I wish to assure, in the wake of my predecessors, the firm wish to continue on the path of ecumenical dialogue,” Read more

The downside of cohabitation before marriage

Friday, April 20th, 2012

At 32, one of my clients (I’ll call her Jennifer) had a lavish wine-country wedding. By then, Jennifer and her boyfriend had lived together for more than four years. The event was attended by the couple’s friends, families and two dogs. When Jennifer started therapy with me less than a year later, she was looking Read more

Catholics in America survey — commitment

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

American Catholics continue to maintain a moderate to high degree of commitment to the church. As in past surveys, we assessed our respondents’ commitment by combining their responses to three separate questions: “How important is the Catholic church to you personally?”; “Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you go to Mass?”; and “On Read more