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.
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.
The Rev. Sean Steele leads St. Isidore Episcopal Church in Houston. His community has redefined what it means to be a church. Rather than focus on a shared space and traditional rituals, members split their time and resources between a variety of ministries, like Taco Church, Laundry Love and Pub Theology.
The Most Rev. Justin Welby is the archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England. He has engaged a number of social issues since being installed in this role in March 2013, including poverty, climate change and medically assisted suicide.
Religious nones are the face of the evolving religious landscape. But that oversimplifies shifts taking place around the world, according to the research.
Gary Bouma is an emeritus professor of sociology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he studies religious diversity, pluralism, terror and the relationship between religion and public policy. He is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books, including Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century, and an Anglican priest.
The Trump administration regularly announces new policies related to national security. This edition will help religion reporters keep up.
Lacy Broemel is a refugee and immigration policy analyst for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations. Contact her through the denomination’s website.