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Summaries of Major Congregational Research

The study of congregations has become the primary focus of many sociologists studying religion over the past decade. This Web page provides information on 19 projects, some across multiple years.... 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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Institutional Infrastructure of U.S. Orthodox Churches

This table draws on research data to provide an at-a-glance comparison of six indicators of infrastructural development among the Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. Developed by researcher Alexei D. Krindatch... read more >

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Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

“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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Integration of Orthodox Churches in American Society

A major challenge facing the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the U.S. is integrating with the general North American society. Researcher Alexei D. Krindatch categorizes the Orthodox Churches by six measures... read more >

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Origins, Growth, and Developmental Trends in U.S. Orthodoxy

In this table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute categorizes the North American Eastern Orthodox Churches by jurisdiction, years in which historic parishes were founded, year... read more >

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U.S. Orthodox Churches at a Glance

North American Orthodox Churches are a diverse body of faith communities united by their common theology and ecclesiology, but divided by their ethnic heritage. In this table, researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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Congregations and Social Service

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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U.S. Orthodox Churches in a Global Context

North American Orthodox Churches have longstanding mother-daughter relationships with ethnic home churches in the Old World that are integral to the self-identity of the New World churches. Researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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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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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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