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Alban Institute Blogs Offer Opportunities to Explore Ministry

The Alban Institute, a major resource for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society, hosts several blogs that offer you an opportunity to join conversations on current topics,... read more >

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Introducing a Theology of Articulation

The Theology of Articulation requires testimony, community and authenticity as it seeks to put words to the experience of incarnation in the daily lives of suffering people. The concept grew... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >

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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped... read more >

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An Insightful Leadership Blog

The Call & Response daily blog offers intriguing discussion about religious leadership. The blog, described as “your space for daily insight, inspiration and discussion about Christian leadership,” posts items that... read more >

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Lessons from the Waco Tragedy

Nancy Ammerman, one of the experts consulted by the FBI in the aftermath of the Waco, Texas, Branch Davidian disaster, reviews the culture of the both the Bureau of Alcohol,... read more >

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Mississippi Church-State Social Service Partnerships Study

The Mississippi Church/State Partnerships in Social Service Delivery Study by John P. Bartkowski with Helen A. Regis had two purposes. One was to examine the poverty relief efforts undertaken in 30 religious... read more >

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Social Outreach Across US Orthodox Church Jurisdictions

Eastern Orthodox Church jurisdictions provide varying degrees of regular assistance to new immigrants and to non-religious social programs and institutions. In a helpful table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch compares the... read more >

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Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

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“Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs,”  by Faith Communities Today, offers a comparative look at the beliefs and practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations across the United States.

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$80 Million to Support 11 Human Services Agencies

The Lilly Foundation: Grants totaling $80 million to 11 human-services agencies that serve people with disabilities and...

Landrum Bolling, Earlham College Past president Passes At 104

Landrum Bolling, a 15-year president of Earlham College who also worked to achieve peace in the Middle East, has died...

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....

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