Tom Ehrich

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is

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Snowstorm may lay bare our ‘control addiction’ (COMMENTARY)

January 27, 2015

(RNS) For a nervous few days, we worried that life as we know it in New York would be undone by a monster blizzard. Not a single one of us — not even the mega-wealthy and mega-powerful in this mega-city — can control storms.

Why Christians should ditch monuments in favor of messages (COMMENTARY)

January 20, 2015

(RNS) As mainline churches adjust to declining membership and new forms of participation, the handsome space for Sunday worship is not only unaffordable, it also fails to meet emerging needs.

A complicated world intrudes upon an ideologically driven Congress (COMMENTARY)

January 13, 2015

(RNS) The disconnect between what Congress wants to do and what the nation needs done is vast and bizarre.

In 2015, a more genuine faith (COMMENTARY)

January 6, 2015

(RNS) Expect these three movements of faith in 2015.

9 personal discoveries I made in 2014 (COMMENTARY)

December 30, 2014

(RNS) Many people gave in to their worst instincts in 2014, and it merely left us all gasping and gagging.

God speaks to us through the songs we sing (COMMENTARY)

December 24, 2014

(RNS) If we listen closely, we will hear our own hearts reply, “Hallelujah!”

Why Christmas is not simply a source of happy news (COMMENTARY)

December 16, 2014

(RNS) I understand why my reader wants her religious readings to take a break from “I can’t breathe” protests. But reality is what it is. And if we can’t bear to see reality, what relationship can we possibly have with God?

How self-understanding might help us quit shouting (COMMENTARY)

December 9, 2014

(RNS) If I could wish anything for our troubled nation in these fractious times, it would be greater self-understanding. Not in the sense of narcissistic self-obsession, but in knowing what lies beneath our fervent feelings.

This Advent, will faith stay safe or stand tall? (COMMENTARY)

December 2, 2014

(RNS) We aren’t to be custodians of nostalgia or sacred custom. We are to respond boldly when God says, “See, I am making all things new.”

Can a nation so wounded by its divisions survive? (COMMENTARY)

November 25, 2014

(RNS) We must ask who we are. Not what advertisers say we are, but who we actually are.

Can commerce and religion go their separate ways this Christmas? (COMMENTARY)

November 18, 2014

(RNS) Maybe it’s good that commerce has declared its independence from religion and decorum. That clears the way for faith to have its parallel season — not in competition with commerce, but as the deeper reality that commerce can never attain.

Needed: A progressive Christianity to restore the nation’s civic virtues (COMMENTARY)

November 11, 2014

(RNS) How could the midterm election have turned out this way? The reason that touches my world is the collapse of progressive Christianity as a teacher of civic virtues.

Arguing the minors and missing the majors (COMMENTARY)

November 4, 2014

(RNS) We argue about things that don’t matter because we can’t face the things that do.

America isn’t a ‘Christian nation,’ and never has been (COMMENTARY)

October 28, 2014

(RNS) Want to pander to the wealthy, or huddle in armed camps and demonize others? That is your right. But you don’t get to call it “Christian.”

5 ways churches can help stop the Ebola hysteria (COMMENTARY)

October 21, 2014

(RNS) God isn’t causing Ebola to spread through western Africa as some sort of punishment for the people there, or to come to these shores as some punishment of us. Diseases happen.

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