How You Can Become a Better Teacher at Church

I have been thinking about Bill Wilson’s article on the word “just” since it appeared Oct. 31. In fact, the Rev. Bob Boston, retired Presbyterian minister and counselor, had already chastised me about saying, “I’m just a layman.” I...

Three Ways to Lose the J-Word at Your Church

I cannot stand this word and what it represents. I hear it far too often. It represents an attitude that should be banned from local church life. It is the word “just.” As in, “I’m just a layperson.” Actually, that is the specific context...

Dominican Program Explores, Expands Lay Spirituality

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) As a student at Aquinas College in the 1980s, David Lincoln was on track to become a Roman Catholic priest. While those pastoral aspirations were later rerouted, Lincoln still wanted to serve God in the world. “I started to see the role of...

Pope Denies Appeal of Boston Parish Closings

(RNS) After a lengthy appeals process, the Vatican has ruled that nine Boston-area Catholic parishes should be closed despite six-year vigils and other forms of protest from parishioners. In a letter dated Dec. 15, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State said Pope Benedict...