A few days ago, the United Methodist News Service published a story about clergy health. The story is tied to a task force report that the UMC’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) released in May. To address the challenges pastors face to their hea
Could our diet be a symptom, rather than a cause, of our unhealthy and unbalanced lives?
For many years, citizens of countries such as Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia enjoyed excellent health relative to the rest of the world. Public health researchers credited the "Mediterranean Diet," an assemblage of foods that features fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry, whole grains, and olive oil (and includes little red meat or processed food).
It seems that prayer for good health is on the rise. New research, published in May in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, notes that in a comparison of two studies, 49 percent of respondents actively prayed for their own good health in 2007, up from 43 percent in 2002.
Last week, Times reporter Paul Vitello published a front-page article, Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work. In it, he highlights the effects that stress and round-the-clock job responsibilities can have on clergy. Without support, some burn out and leave the church, but many others struggle to maintain balance, seemingly alone. The challenge then for the church, and for congregations everywhere is to find ways to alleviate the stress.