by Marisa Fraley, Staff Writer

As religious leaders, it is important to be aware of what is going on in our world. Below, I have compiled a mix of various stories that are relevant to the work that we do.

1. President Barack Obama to Visit U.S. Mosque

President Obama will visit a mosque in the US and plans to talk about religious freedom-one of the key tenets of this country. Given the constant media attention on Islam because of ISIS, almost, if not all of which is negative, it is likely that as religious leaders may be faced with questions from our congregants and religious communities. It is important for dispel myths and give accurate information.

2. Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

Hopefully you have heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. However, if you have not it is an important issue to know. The water crisis at the surface is only about residents not having safe water. However, there are several deeper issues that are wrapped up in the crisis that have importance for all people.

3. Spiritually Guided Politics

As the presidential election gets closer and arguments get more and more heated about and between the various candidates, it is important for us to find ways to maintain friendships. This article offers a perspective on how to think about politics through a more spiritual lens with a goal of maintaining relationships with our various acquaintances.

4. Religion on TV

While the semester is getting busy, it is also winter, which means we have more reasons to stay indoors and watch TV, than to go outside. If you haven’t had enough of Christianity and religion at Divinity School, here are few shows that you can get hooked on that have religious subthemes.

5. Congregation Thanks Minister With Trip to Super Bowl

Here is a fun story about a congregation that showed their appreciation for their pastor. We all know the toll that ministry can have on us as leaders emotionally, physically, and mentally. May all of those in our ministry contexts understand as this congregation does.