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The Society for Spirituality, Theology, & Health held its third annual meeting on June 15-18 here at Duke. I’m glad to say I’ve attended all three meetings.


The Society for Spirituality, Theology, & Health held its third annual meeting on June 15-18 here at Duke. I’m glad to say I’ve attended all three meetings. The Society is a key sponsor of an ongoing conversation without which the Clergy Health Initiative might not exist.

Coaching from the Pews: Laity’s Role in Improving Clergy Health

Last week, I and several colleagues from the Clergy Health Initiative attended the United Methodist Annual Conferences in Greenville and Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Last week, I and several colleagues from the Clergy Health Initiative attended the United Methodist Annual Conferences in Greenville and Lake Junaluska, N.C. Our primary purpose in going was to share information about the Clergy Health Initiative – our research findings and future plans for introducing a suite of interventions to improve the health of pastors statewide. 

Clergy Health Initiative in the News

Findings from the Clergy Health Initiative’s 2008 survey of United Methodist pastors in North Carolina have been appearing in a variety of publications over the last few weeks.

Findings from the Clergy Health Initiative’s 2008 survey of United Methodist pastors in North Carolina, which were published online last month in the journal, Obesity, have been appearing in a variety of publications over the last few weeks.

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Happier with Age

Do people’s moods change over time? A 2008 Gallup phone survey of 340,000 Americans sought to measure both their sense of global well-being as well as their general mood.

Do people’s moods change over time? A 2008 Gallup phone survey of 340,000 Americans sought to measure both their sense of global well-being as well as their general mood (degree of happiness, stress, anger, or worry), and see whether either evolves. The results of this study recently were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the findings may interest you.

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News from the Blog-o-sphere: Sugary drinks and hypertension

Today’s US News and World Report’s Health Buzz reports on an article in the journal Circulation reporting that reducing your intake of sugary drinks ) by just one 12-ounce serving a day can lower your blood pressure.

Today’s US News and World Report’s Health Buzz reports on an article in the journal Circulation reporting that reducing your intake of sugary drinks (especially canned soda) by just one 12-ounce serving a day (Americans average 28 daily ounces) can lower your blood pressure.

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From the 2008 CHI Survey: How Pastors Support Their Spiritual Lives

Is there anything else you do to support your spiritual life in addition to prayer and reading religious literature (apart from your pastoral duties)?

Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, the research director for the Clergy Health Initiative, recently shared some data from our 2008 survey of North Carolina United Methodist pastors on how clergy bolster their own spiritual lives. The survey question asked:

Is there anything else you do to support your spiritual life in addition to prayer and reading religious literature (apart from your pastoral duties)? This can be something that others would immediately recognize as spiritual, or something that only you know is spiritual for you.

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Clergy as Concierge: Is "At Your Service" The Best Response?

It takes both the pastor and the congregation to create the unrealistic expectations of 24/7 availability that leave clergy stressed and congregants co-dependent.

Faith & Leadership had an article last week by the Rev. Nelson Granade on the pastor as congregational concierge. It's a wonderful reflection, notable in its insight that it takes both the pastor and the congregation to create the sometimes unrealistic expectations of 24/7 availability that leave clergy stressed, exhausted, and resentful, and their congregants co-dependent.

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, or "Your Brain on Google"

National Public Radio had a story recently on the aging brain that reports mostly good news: both physical and cognitive exercise can have positive effects on brain health.

National Public Radio had a story recently on the aging brain that reports mostly good news: both physical and cognitive exercise can have positive effects on brain health.

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When the Congregation Abuses its Pastor

Recently I heard the fifth story in as many months about a pastor being physically threatened, and his family verbally abused, by members of his congregation.

Recently I heard the fifth story in as many months about a pastor being physically threatened, and his family verbally abused, by members of his congregation.

In the News: Health Coaching

For those (like me) who are relatively new to the concept, it may be helpful to define coaching partly by what it is not: it is not therapy.

Via our friend George Jacobs of the Davidson Clergy Center:
A Massachusetts pilot study is assessing the effectiveness of health coaching.

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