One of our ordained ministers is embarking soon on a cruise ship and needs a Letter of Good Standing from us to serve as clergy. He will offer spiritual services during the cruise to passengers and crew, officiate a wedding or two, and even distribute Communion. While preparing his special letter, we came across this nifty priesthood manual for priests who have a full-time ministry on a cruise ship.
Holy heftiness: One-third of clergy members are obese, study finds
Overweight officiants are becoming the norm, Baylor University researchers said. But sabbaticals, days off and support groups can keep these overworked, underpaid members of society slim.
Of all the ordained ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis, and other ordained clergy we work with, I cannot think of any that are obese! I have ordained many in my time, three already this year. Maybe if you are an alternative interfaith minister (like those who come to us for ordination!) you do not “fit” the mold. The woman wearing this awesome clergy blouse is definitely not obese.
Other interesting headlines from this new study:
Portly pastors: Study finds over a third of America’s clergy are obese due to stress, long hours Read Article on Washington Times
Portly Pastors Widespread, but Sabbaticals and Peer Support Can Help Fight Fat, Baylor Study Finds Read More at Baylor Univ