Stresses multiply for many US clergy: ‘We need help too’

NEW YORK (AP) — These are daunting times for U.S. clergy of many faiths as the age-old challenges of their ministries are compounded by newly evolving stresses. Rabbis worry about protecting their congregations from anti-Semitic violence; Sikh leaders still feel the emotional scars of a deadly 2012 attack on a Wisconsin temple. Islamic chaplains counsel college students unnerved by anti-Muslim sentiments. Clergy at small African American churches say they grapple with violence and illness within their congregations, as well as unrealistic expectations that create work-life balance issues and stress on their marriages and mental health. Pastors talk about spiritual PTSD, burnout and self-doubt, and wonder who to turn to for help.