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Staying centered – Clergy find ways to cope with stress of Holy Week

On a typical week, the Rev. Penny Stacy stops a few times at a Catholic seminary near her home to quietly walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross at the beginning or end of her day. This year during Holy Week, however, she’s determined to be there every single morning, and possibly in the evenings […]

Commentary: ‘Going Clear’ probes Scientology’s hidden tactics

By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… With both horror and fascination, I just finished reading the Lawrence Wright exposé called Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (Knopf). This exquisitely researched book takes us into the bowels of Scientology, a religious group that has apparently systematically lied, cheated, abused its followers, sought to destroy its detractors, […]

North Texas bishop’s removal is not about race

By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… Are we a racist Conference (North Texas) and Jurisdiction (South Central)? An extraordinarily incendiary commentary written by the Rev. Henry L. Masters Sr., the newly appointed senior pastor of St. Luke “Community” UMC in Dallas, and published in the Reporter, makes that accusation. He refers to the involuntary retirement of […]

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