The Rev. Chip Edens is rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. After his church community experienced six suicides in five years, the Rev. Edens and other congregational leaders decided in 2019 to hire a wellness director.
Archbishop Paul Gallagher is the Holy See’s secretary for relations with states. He oversees the Catholic Church’s relationships with government leaders. Arrange an interview with him through the Holy See Press Office.
Learn more about the innovative religious communities working to serve people who feel out of place in traditional worship services.
The Rev. Laurel Dykstra leads Salal + Ceder, an Anglican ministry in Vancouver, British Columbia, focused on connecting worshippers with nature and inspiring environmental activism.
The Rev. Zack Nyein is the associate rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He helps coordinate Warrior Church, an opportunity for community members to work out and worship together.
Rabbi Jessica Minnen is a spiritual leader for One Table, an organization that coordinates Shabbat dinners for people who don’t regularly take part in the Jewish ritual but want to learn more about it.
The Rev. Meredith Mills leads Gastrochurch, a worshipping community built around shared meals and spiritual discussions. She is an ordained United Methodist pastor.
Rabbi Aaron Potek helps lead GatherDC, an organization for young Jews in Washington, D.C., who are searching for their spiritual home.
The Rev. Gretchen Mertes is an associate pastor for Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Seattle. She previously led Luther’s Table, a unique faith community based in a bar, and continues to host theology on tap events.