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We have to make ourselves see what we don’t want to: racism is alive and well in America. Whiteness offers privilege, but also becomes a peril in ways big and small. 
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"Open the doors, nones seem to be saying in their reading of Scripture, and see all the people." Glad to be visiting the good folks at America Magazine. 
The data just keeps piling up. Since the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life first noted a substantial increase in the number of Americans reporting no religious affiliation, report after report has confirmed what religious leaders outside the evangelical resurgence of the 1980s had known for some time: checking “no religion” is increasingly normal in the United States.
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"Inviting kids to choose whether or not to go to church may not say that God is unimportant, that faith doesn’t matter. It may say that parents cannot adequately and authentically explain why it does matter in the context of lives that are filled with moral ambiguity and contradiction."
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Do Rachel Held Evans' recent comments about Millennials and sacraments invite Mainline complacency? Keith Anderson thinks that's possible.
Can you hear it? It’s the sound of Mainline ministry leaders around the country breathing deep sighs of relief, patting themselves on the back, and smiling in
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Too often, more spiritually oriented strategies that might ultimately have the greatest impact are left off the public agenda, either because they’re difficult to define in practical terms or they cross some perceived line of propriety.
In addressing the challenge of teen suicide are we ignoring a vital spiritual resource? | By Eric Nelson
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What are the boundaries of 21st Century ministry? Heidi Shott wonders and wanders on The BTS Center "Bearings" blog.
In May I began walking a daily four-mile loop around our village, Damariscotta Mills, a lovely spot tucked between a lake and a tidal river on Maine’s midcoas
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"Whether it’s finding new people to serve, or new ways to embody the mission, we are at the moment of change—and we ourselves will be transformed." | Max Grant via The BTS Center
Elizabeth Drescher’s recent piece on “Bearings” asks the question: “What if we had the next great awakening . . . and everybody slept in?” As a chu
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What if the Boomer Church gave a Next Great Awakening and nobody came? Thoughts on the Rachel Held Evans (sacraments), Keith Anderson (mission), Tony Jones (Gospel), Tripp Hudgins (liturgy) conversation via The BTS Center.
For the last year or so I’ve been saying an unpopular thing to people in Mainline churches, but it’s a thing I think we need to hear: There is no Next Great
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"There are some things that became obvious to me only once I stepped outside the work of serving established congregations to become a spiritual entrepreneur." ~The Rev. Nicole Lamarche
Entrepreneurial Ministry in the Silicon Valley
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Adam J. Copeland share insight on faith on college campuses. He asks, "What if our congregations intentionally walked alongside students, mentoring them and helping them to discover God’s sometimes-surprising calling for their lives?" Via The BTS Center "Bearings" blog.
Considering the amount of online commentary available concerning the millennial generation and the future of the church, the relative dearth of attention paid t
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Fresh insight from Keith Anderson!
This time of year my thoughts turn from theology to football as the NFL and college football playoffs pack the January television airwaves. It has been particul
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Oh, right…It's about compassionate ministry!
Gay NC Couple Files Complaint against UMC Pastor for “Failure to Perform Work of Ministry,” Gender Discrimination | By E…
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research, writing, editing, and public speaking on the changing contours of American religion
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Scholar, Writer, Speaker, Exploring the Changing Contours of American Christianity
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Elizabeth Drescher is a scholar, author, educator, and speaker on the spiritual lives of ordinary people today and in the past. She is the co-editor of The Narthex, a magazine that explores the changing contours of American Christianity. She is the author of three books, most recently, Changing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford, forthcoming) and a numerous of academic articles. Dr. Drescher has been the recipient of a number of grants for her work, including a journalism fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for its “New Directions in the Study of Prayer” initiative. She is a consulting scholar at The BTS Center in Portland, ME and teaches religion and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. A highly regarded commentator on contemporary religious and spiritual life, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Sojourners, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Religion Dispatches. Learn more at elizabethdrescher.com and find Dr. Drescher on Twitter and Facebook.

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Co-editor, with Keith Anderson, of THE NARTHEX at Medium.com. Enter the conversation on the changing contours of American Christianity.
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Zelienople, PA - Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, London, UK
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