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Author Dave Russell

For many clergy, the typical wedding involves a bride and groom who come from different religious traditions. More and more, it’s not just a matter of Baptist-Methodist or Presbyterian-Disciples; it’s Baptist-Jewish and Presbyterian-Muslim. Harvey Cox, an American Baptist theologian at Harvard Divinity School and prolific author best known for The Secular City, married a Jewish […] Read More

One would be hard-pressed to find a subject more central to the spirituality of modern life than ambition. Look at the newspaper: The front page reports that efforts to protect incumbents in redistricting will make less than 10 percent of U.S. House races competitive; the editorial page is awash with the Enron fiasco; the sports […] Read More

In his book, Education, Religion, and the Public Good, Martin Marty addresses the intersection of religion and education. This book, and an earlier volume rose out of Marty’s work with the Public Religion Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Marty considers education as a whole, from kindergarten through graduate school, public and private, and describes […] Read More

Richard Southern and Robert Norton are partners in Church Development Systems, a consulting practice focused on church renewal and growth. Both Episcopalian laypeople, they offer a helpful volume on church vitality aimed at mainline congregations. In a market filled with such volumes, the “twist” that differentiates Southern and Norton’s work is their focus on “spiritual […] Read More