Elizabeth E. Evans

Elizabeth E. Evans is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Elizabeth E. Evans

As churches shrink and pastors retire, creative workarounds are redefining ministry

By Elizabeth E. Evans — July 28, 2023
(RNS) — As older clergy get set to retire, there are few younger seminarians to replace them — and few churches that can afford to pay them.

How the teen mental health crisis is turning some youth pastors into first responders

By Elizabeth E. Evans — April 18, 2023
(RNS) — Young people, youth pastors say, are pushing the church to be more willing to talk about mental health.

These Catholic nuns are raised up on Eagles’ wings

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 10, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic nuns in the Philadelphia area are preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl between their beloved Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs with prayer (and a few small wagers).

As Pennsylvania’s ‘Bible belt’ evolves, clergy look to one another for mutual support

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 6, 2023
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (RNS) — The difficulties of the pandemic and the widening gap between people of different political persuasions have put a strain on the clergy of one small town in this historically religious region. They have found mutual support in a 'ministerium' dedicated to community unity.

In ‘Raising Lazarus,’ Beth Macy summons the stone rollers

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — A new book chronicles an addiction-recovery movement known as 'harm reduction,' an alternative to strict abstinence that has drawn many people of faith as helpers.

For clergy, COVID-19 has brought both burnout and breakthrough

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 21, 2022
(RNS) — For clergy, the COVID-19 pandemic has been both a long haul and a time of new beginnings.

Streaming online has been a boon for churches, a godsend for isolated

By Bob Smietana and Elizabeth E. Evans — February 1, 2022
There's been a lot of bad news about churches in recent years. Online church has been one bright spot.

Matthew Dowd stakes his run for Texas lieutenant governor on kindness and faith

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Can a Democrat find the right mix of interfaith values voters to get him over the top?

As COP26 conference gathers, faith-based environmentalists fight ‘eco-grief’

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — For some veteran climate change activists, a positive perspective is central to their faith.

How Philadelphia’s reform DA is teaming with clergy to tackle rising gun violence

By Elizabeth E. Evans — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy and activists are looking to address the long-term problems that they believe drive the crisis, and they are urging faith leaders to mobilize their flocks in addressing them.

Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop

By Elizabeth E. Evans — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — While public school districts debate in-person learning, many elementary Catholic schools opened their doors in fall of 2020 and have stayed open. 

Funeral directors survive ‘surreal’ year with creativity and faith

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 4, 2021
(RNS) — With safety precautions changing the way people mourn, as well as the sheer volume of COVID-19 deaths, the men and women who sometimes wryly call themselves ‘last responders’ have had a year like no other.

COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

By Elizabeth E. Evans — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.

Nuns’ advice on coping with pandemic: Eat, pray for Dr. Fauci, love your neighbor

By Elizabeth E. Evans — August 11, 2020
(Global Sisters Report) — Like the rest of us, Catholic nuns are stuck at home and missing sports, but are keeping busy with prayers, baking and friends.

Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 14, 2020
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.
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