Tom Ehrich

Biography

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. Visit his website. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich.

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October 26, 2010

When Jesus stood in the valley and taught his disciples, he stood among many who were sick and lost, and troubled by evil spirits. He called them "blessed." In this large assembly, he also saw some who were rich, well-fed, happy, and...

September 7, 2010

Everyone seems to have a solution for "restoring" America. Take power away from liberal intellectuals, say some, and put "ordinary" people in charge. Or make this a white-run, Christian nation. Or insist on leaders who are...

August 17, 2010

Into the usual place came a surprising voice. At a Disciples of Christ pulpit on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a rabbi preached tolerance of an Islamic center being planned near Ground Zero. A congregation known for its commitment to...

July 20, 2010

Transparency is everything now. Disconcerting for some, delightful for others. Learn to live in it. Better yet, try it. (http://twitter.com) (That paragraph, by the way, fits the 140-character length limit of a Tweet. What's a "Tweet"?...

July 14, 2010

Basketball superstar LeBron James will be wearing a Miami Heat jersey next season, not the New York Knicks' blue and orange. OK, no big deal. Meanwhile, the big deal here in New York was firefighters risking heat exhaustion while...

December 15, 2009

When I heard that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles had elected a lesbian as suffragan bishop, my reaction was, "Here we go again." I knew the anti-gay lobby would kick into overdrive with dire warnings about violating "biblical...

October 8, 2009

"Turn left at the airport exit," said the car rental agent at the airport in Norfolk, Virginia, "and go four lights to I-64 West." She meant straight at the exit, of course, not left, and she meant I-64 East, not West. Or so I...

January 20, 2009

Twenty-five years ago, I met my first "survivalist."   He wasn't a glowering extremist from back-country Idaho. He was a suburban homeowner and technologist who realized that he needed to be more self-sufficient. A bad...

January 15, 2009

Whenever I lead a communications workshop, I show church Web sites that miss the mark: out-of-date designs and content, a "provider driven" and not "customer driven" focus, too many photos of buildings and clergy and not much apparent...

October 28, 2008

I am eager to vote on November 4. In my mind, this is the most important national election since 1860.   I hope you are eager to vote, too. It is our duty as citizens to participate in the free speech and free elections that...

October 16, 2008

In November, American citizens will vote in perhaps the most critical election since 1932 or perhaps 1860.   We are deeply divided, and not just over which candidates we prefer. We are divided over national identity and our...

March 31, 2008

My first reaction to the much-publicized U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life was, "Hooray for common sense!" In finding that 44 percent of Americans change their religious affiliation as they...

February 25, 2008

My writing world has gone topsy-turvy. First, I started using an iMac at work -- not all that different from Windows, but different enough to require learning. Second, with two business trips coming up, I began looking for ways to...

January 24, 2008

In the Church Wellness Project, we talk about three aspects of membership development: Recruitment, Retention, Transformation The first two can be clearly, if inelegantly, stated as bringing new members in the front door and keeping...

December 17, 2007

Along about now, pulpits and church newsletters bristle with whining about the culture's theft of Christmas. There's the so-called "commercialization of Christmas." The manic retail spending but hesitant church pledging. Bustling malls...

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