"A trans person's story has some unique elements, but the work of pastoral care remains essentially the same."
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The woman looked at me with fear, pain, and trust—all things that the church has instilled in its faithful all these centuries.
One Sunday, I invited people to talk to us pastors about whatever troubled them. So after the service, I had no one to blame but myself.
I believe that my leadership has been most effective when I know who's giving what to the church.
No one from the outside can fully grasp the inner workings of any marriage. Even those inside sometimes find themselves lonely and strangers.
When we talk about grief, we often speak of it in terms of letting go, moving on, and getting over it. People want to know when they will be back to normal. But the loss of a loved one is not a bump in the road that we go over and then the pavement is smooth again. Grief fundamentally changes who we are.
The collar says something to parishioner and stranger alike: while this doesn’t have to be the most important conversation of your life, it can be.
Empathy made it big in an era some call the "me generation." By discovering my feelings inside you, even you are about me.