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From Accessibility to Inclusion

From Accessibility to Inclusion Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation Funding Grants

Congregations have made great strides in making houses of worship more accessible to people with disabilities. Now they must move toward including them as equal members in the life of the church.


Energy Efficiency Sends Message of Stewardship

Energy Efficiency Sends Message Of Stewardship bikes help save energy Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Christianity

From bike racks to gardens, congregations can give testimony to their green values.


Practical Theology Examines How People Live Out Their Faith

Practical Theology Examines How People Live Out Their Faith Children sitting On A Bluff James Nieman Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Often relegated to specialists, theology can better be understood as a process of recognizing a church’s distinctive practices.


Managing Conflict Constructively

Managing Conflict Constructively Church Members Finances Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Sitting in a Circle Christianity

Left to fester, conflict can lead church members to leave, finances to plummet, faith to be forever lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.


What Promotes Church Growth?

Key findings from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey indicate that church growth is a consequence of four key strengths: personal invitations from members, good worship experiences, a follow-up process that... read more >


Tithing: Why People Give

Most academic and church-based conversations about faith and money focus on the needs of churches and the work they do to meet budgets. These top-down concerns do not excite the... read more >


Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >


Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >


Thinking Theologically about Faith and Wealth

Protestant and Catholic churches are experiencing a financial crisis. While people support programs that touch lives, many members have doubts about how money and spirituality intersect. Church leaders often feed... read more >


Philanthropy in the Black Church

Members of historically Black churches who give generously to their congregation rank spiritual support for their everyday lives as the most important thing they want from their church. Surprisingly, social... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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