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Congregations and Social Service

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Whatever one’s perspective on the federal government's faith-based initiative, one thing is clear: Religious congregations do make a difference in people’s lives.

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Ethnic Traditionalism vs. Civic Involvement in North American Eastern Orthodoxy

In contemporary America the Orthodox face two temptations. One is to capitulate to the relativistic U.S. culture so the church becomes just another social club. The other is to forget... read more >

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Bonding Communities or Building Bridges to Secular Society

Faith community civic participation can bond groups together and/or bridge between groups. Bonding participation tends to keep individuals within the groups to which they are primarily attached. Bridging participation tends... read more >

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Christians, Culture and Power

Christians are very hesitant to talk about power, imagining power negatively as coercion. But power as the ability to create new goods is a part of the God-given nature of... read more >

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Stories—sacred and secular—can transform congregations

Alban is a learning institution. One way we learn is to be with really gifted people and to put a topic on the table and learn from their experience.

— Jim Wind, President, Alban Institute

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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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