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The sturdy, reliant, self-destructing pastor

This article from the United Church News talks about a trend that I don't actually find all that surprising: "religious leaders are prone to significantly higher incidents of substance abuse, obesity, financial difficulties and depression. Clergy now rank among the illustrious 'top ten professions' associated with heart disease." I wouldn't be at all surprised if the data for lay ministry professionals were similar, save for more financial troubles due to lower compensation and worse pension plans.

I'm thinking that it might be wise to add some items to my to-do list for Holy Week ... items like:

  • take a walk
  • sleep in one morning

... and perhaps most importantly:

  • remove at least three other items from the to-do list

March 18, 2005 | Permalink


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