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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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Treading Online An Act Of Faith

Treading Online An Act Of Faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Promise or peril? An online guidebook gives religious congregations insights into navigating Web 2.0 technologies.

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Top Issues Facing the African American Community

The African American Lectionary Project surveyed 10,000 African American clergy of all denominations in 2006 and found then that the top three concerns were: strengthening men and boys, strengthening families,... read more >

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Crucial Survey Results about Adventist Congregations

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in America participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 interfaith survey of 14,300 American faith communities from 41 different denominations and faith groups. In... read more >

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A New Shape for Christianity in a Post-Christian Era

Though mainline pastors may be mourning the passing of Christianity’s social dominance in the United States, those who have eyes might see that Christianity is not dying, but changing shape.... read more >

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Using the Political Frame to Understand Conflict

Politics is inherent in human enterprise, including congregations. In his essay, "The Political Frame," church consultant and researcher David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research articulates a political... 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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