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U.S. congregations report major gains in accepting gays and lesbians, racial, ethnic diversity

America’s pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

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Combating Jewish Disinterest in the Centerist Path

In 1971, about 41 percent of American Jews were part of the Conservative Judaism movement, a centerist path "deeply rooted in tradition, yet informed by modernity." However, a 2013 Pew... read more >

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Gay Marriage Divides the Methodist Church

Since 1972, the Methodist Church's Book of Discipline has held that homosexual practice is "incompatible with Christian teaching," and forbids Methodist clergy from performing same-sex marriages. Nevertheless, same-sex marriages have... read more >

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Five ways to keep the faith in a diverse community

How does your faith community support diversity? The Association of Theological Schools executive director Daniel Aleshire outlines five key practices that help establish and sustain diversity in any type of community,... read more >

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Is there a future for christianity?

American society has changed dramatically over the last generation; today’s congregation functions in a postmodern, post-traditional, multigenerational, multicultural world. Recent studies show that while congregations respond to societal change and... read more >

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Breathing new life into a failing church

How does a typical struggling, urban Methodist church transform itself into a vibrant, outward-oriented faith community? By looking forward, not back, according to the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who transferred... read more >

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Keys to a Thriving Black Church

How can the black church thrive into the next century? The African American Lectionary, an organization that provides resources, perspective and support for historically black churches in the United States,... read more >

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Emerging Trends: Using Video and Arts to Enhance Worship

Like a pipe organ, a worship screen can be used to add to the worship service. And like an organ, it needs a trained, technically proficient operator so that it... read more >

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Successful Congregations Work Together

Several conditions enhance a congregation’s ability to address the challenges and opportunities it faces, and they usually include simple but important lessons about working together and planning for the future... read more >

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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