Clergy Health Initiative

One Effort to Help Stressed-Out Clergy Care for Themselves

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The director of The Duke Endowment's rural church program area says the Endowment funded the Clergy Health Initiative to help give clergy the tools and permission to take care of themselves.

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Video: Impact of Spirited Life

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pastors Eldrick Davis, Alexis Coleman, and Bob Kretzu discuss the positive effects Spirited Life has had on their spiritual, mental, and physical health.

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Fit for Ministry

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Christian Century discusses why being a pastor can be bad for your health, and looks at the Clergy Health Initiative's efforts to address the issue.

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Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In North Carolina, UMC clergy are learning that, while challenging, it’s more than OK to care for themselves.

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Clergy Depression: Carrying It All, Burying It All

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In a post on the Clergy Health Initiative's blog, The Connection, Spirited Life wellness advocate Angela M. MacDonald shares resources to help clergy identify and seek help for depression.

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Study Break for Spirited Life Participants Attending Course of Study

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room (152 Langford Building)
Tommy Grimm, jgrimm@div.duke.edu or (919) 613-5350

The Duke Clergy Health Initiative staff will host a study break prior to the afternoon session for Spirited Life participants attending the Course of Study being held at Duke Divinity School on July 1-26.

Light refreshments and goodie bags will be available.

Quiz: Food, Health and Faith

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Worshippers may love their doughnuts on Sunday mornings and meat loaf and mashed potatoes at church suppers. But does church life encourage obesity, or help combat it? Take a quiz to find out.

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Creating Health Interventions for Clergy Proves Complex

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pastors' need to put others first provides an obstacle to tackling their higher-than-average rates of chronic disease and depression.

Clergy have been found to have higher-than-average rates of chronic disease and depression. But it may be difficult to get them into care because pastors default to caring for others first. Duke University researchers have been trying to design health programs that will be more effective for clergy, given these tendencies.

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Who's Behind the Evaluation Curtain?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Research director Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell and The Duke Endowment's Bill Bacon discuss how evaluation is helping enhance Spirited Life's efficacy.

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