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Who is Involved in Advocacy and Outreach

In this technical paper, worshippers are categorized as advocates, almsgivers, activists, or abstainers, and these groups are subjected to a series of statistical analysis. The resulting charts, graphs and tables... read more >

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Friendship Patterns among Worshippers

Discover who your congregational worshippers are friends with within their congregations, within other faith communities, and beyond faith circles in this report by Deborah Bruce of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)... read more >

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How Worshippers Engage the Wider Community

Participation in a community of faith frequently leads to engagement with the wider community. Which worshippers engage, how they engage, and their objectives are summarized by Deborah Bruce from insights... read more >

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Prayers Answered, Dreams Experienced

In this powerful sabbatical reflection, Pastor Tom Hux recounts his history with South African pastor Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a one-time political prisoner who escaped to California. The two met when... read more >

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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 >

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Finders Keepers: a Sabbatical Reflection

Pastor Mike Mather had the rare privilege of receiving two sabbatical grants from the Lilly Endowment. The first, in 2000, was a six-month break that allowed him to take his... read more >

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Africa and New Sight

In this sabbatical reflection on his trip through Africa on a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant, Malcolm Young discusses the contrasts between North American society and living conditions, and the various... read more >

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The Project for a Lived Theology

The current generation of theology students is experiencing a resurgence of moral energy as they pursue deeper theological understandings and look for ways to make a difference in the world.... read more >

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Congregational Life in the Developing World

One hundred years ago, 80 percent of Christians were either Europeans or North Americans. Today, they make up only 40 percent, with the remaining 60 percent coming from Asia, Africa... read more >

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The Practice of Shaping Healthy Communities

In order for our lives to flourish, we must decide how we assemble together. The questions of how we divide life's basic goods and how we will record our history... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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