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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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Strangers to Mainstream Christianity: Does the Orthodox Church Fit In?

Eastern Christianity in the U.S. is represented by more than 20 various churches belonging to two major ecclesiastical families. Traditionally, local Eastern Christian churches have identified themselves as ethnic congregations,... read more >

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The Changing Nature of Worship

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

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Churches using the Internet to their advantage

That Americans have embraced the Internet is no longer news. Several polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center show that 73 percent of Americans use the Internet, and 60 percent of those have high-speed connections.

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Variations in How Pastors Practice Leadership

Some 30 percent of female clergy see themselves as agents of empowerment whose role is to encourage their lay leaders to make and implement decisions for the church. Only 8... read more >

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Church Challenges at the Start of the 21st Century

There are many challenges facing Christian churches at the beginning of the 21st century. The four specific challenges addressed in this article are perennial, but take varying forms over time.... 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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The National Congregations Study

The National Congregations Study is a major survey of U.S. congregations, carried out by interviewing knowledgeable leaders from each congregation on the work, programs, activities and changes within America's religious... read more >

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The Core of the American Self-image and the Reality

Where do we go when we realize we aren’t who we want to be? This question stayed with me after listening to this week’s...

World’s Largest Children’s Museum Celebrates Unique Global Partnership

Rare antiquities from Greece including mythological gods and goddesses, a replica of the Antikythera mechanism and fine...

Sacred Roots Thriving in Ministry (SRTM) Project Gets Lilly Funding

Rev. Hank Voss Jr., assistant professor of Biblical studies, was recently awarded a five-year, nearly one million...

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