The demands placed on clergy by themselves and others put pastors at far greater risk for depression than individuals with other occupations, a new study by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School has found.
Hermit crabs, starfish, sand dollars, turtles, sharks, sea horses, squids, a dolphin and an orca are a colorful, ocean life backdrop for swimmers at the Levin Jewish Community Center outdoor pool in Durham. Painted on the walls of the snack bar, the sea creatures serve more than just decoration – they’re also part of a project to fund scholarships.
In “Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith,” Fred Bahnson writes about his experience running the Anathoth Community Garden in Orange County as well as time spent seeing how others bring together spiritual and agrarian sustenance.
Twenty years ago, before he was a rabbi, Daniel Greyber went to Israel for the first time to compete at the Maccabiah Games. He was captain of the U.S. swim team and medaled at the 1993 Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish sports competition held every four years. The experience changed his life. This summer he went back, in a different role. Greyber served as chaplain for the U.S. delegation of 1,150 athletes, held last month in Israel.
Tatiana Berestov was trained in Russia as an engineer. When she moved to New York and painted her first religious icon, which are used in the Russian Orthodox Church, she followed a new career path. You could say it was by accident, she said, or by providence of God.
About a dozen young Christian women met weekly in July to have “Courageous Conversations” about taboo topics at the intersection of faith and gender. The discussions were a program of the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South, a feminism and spirituality group on Watts Street.
Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, Word Empowerment Church and Nehemiah Christian Center are getting ready for their third annual Back to School Community Day, which will offer school supplies and fun activities for kids, and also services for the entire family.
Sunday school students at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church – from kindergarteners up through senior adults – worked together this summer for a hands-on project to benefit children in poverty.
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hillsborough was built in 1923. It’s a solid, one-building church with the main sanctuary entrance up several steps from outside. The fellowship hall is directly below the sanctuary. On the side is just enough space for a few small rooms, including the pastor’s office. At the side door there’s a long ramp. The parking lot is gravel, and the church’s cemetery takes up most of the ground on the property.